Billy Ray Cyrus

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He's made millions, but Billy Ray Cyrus is still just a country boy at heart.

"We’re down in the creek, amongst just ourselves and nature, and we’re catching these crawdads," the host of Nashville Star tells Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM morning show of a recent outing with his lesser-known daughter Noah.

But his boondocks bliss was soon interrupted.

"And then all of a sudden...[a] paparazzi lady jumps out with a lens and just starts snapping away," laments Billy Ray.

Just leave it to Miley's 8-year-old sis to assess the situation:

"And bam bam bam bam bam, she snaps, you know, five shots in a row," says papa Cyrus. "It scared me, you know, and I just didn’t expect it this far out in the country. My little girl Noah looks up and says, 'Is that Annie Leibovitz?' "

A new season of the Billy Ray-hosted Nashville Star premieres tonight on NBC, with a performance by Taylor Swift.

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