updated 10/08/2009 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/09/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
What kind of father is Brad Paisley?
“He’s a great dad and a good husband,” the country singer’s father, Doug Paisley, tells PEOPLE in a new interview, noting that the apple doesn’t far too fall from the proverbial tree. “I feel I’ve been that [too],” Doug says. “I gave up [weekend] military service because it gave me time with him.”
Brad, 36, meanwhile, appreciated his father’s support growing up – especially when it came to his singing career. In fact, Doug was his son’s “first roadie,” Brad says, recalling when his father would chauffeur the singer, then 12, on the road and play sound man. “I’d sing five songs, tell jokes and be $55 richer,” he says. “My dad never asked for a cut! Not even gas money. I still owe him money.”