“I said, ‘We’re playing not far away, in Virginia Beach, in a couple of weeks and we have a day off after. Would he like a free jam-session concert in the living room?’ She said, ‘You’re kidding me? That would be about the greatest thing you could ever offer.’
“So we brought all the acoustic instruments and set them up in the living room -- just like the Darlings,” he said, referring to the fictional band played on the show by the real-life bluegrass group the Dillards for several years. “We did all the songs he liked -- ‘You Get a Line, I’ll Get a Pole,’ ‘Whoa Mule,’ and he sang and played with us.
“We spent the whole afternoon there, then we got back on the bus and went home,” Paisley said. “I know what that meant to him. His favorite part of that show was the music. To be able to sit in his living room like that -- there are not many things you can give Andy Griffith, but fortunately we were able to do that for him.”