Here’s an interesting track from Brad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse. It’s a modern-day gospel song by a man who is a regular churchgoer himself, but it’s told from the perspective of a non-believer.
Paisley spends the song’s first four verses mocking “those crazy Christians” for their devotion, but then has to give them credit for their commitment to caring for people they’ve never even met.
Brad Paisley has written some of the best love songs I’ve ever heard. ‘Then,’ ‘Little Moments,’ ‘She’s Everything,’ ‘The World,’ the list goes on and on.
So it’s a shame that today’s track, from Paisley’s 2017 album Love and War, doesn’t live up to its predecessors. It sounds to me like somebody trying to write a Brad Paisley love song but not quite hitting the mark.
Brad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse followed a string of critically and commercially successful releases matched by few in the music business.
It isn’t as good as the albums it followed, and it is probably best known for including ‘Accidental Racist,’ a song I’m sure Paisley has regretted ever since the first copy was pressed.
Wheelhouse was the first Paisley album to not reach at least Gold status, and his subsequent releases have failed to hit that mark as well.
Today’s Random Weekend selection comes from Brad Paisley’s 2005 album Time Well Wasted, his second of nine straight albums to hit #1 on the country charts (that streak is still going).
I rank Time Well Wasted as Paisley’s third best album, following American Saturday Night and Mud On the Tires.
I discovered Brad Paisley in 2009 after the release of his best album, American Saturday Night. That album opened my mind to country music in general and I have since sought out and loved the music of quite a few artists in the genre.
I also gobbled up Paisley’s previous work and found those albums, especially Mud on the Tracks and Time Well Wasted, just as fresh and exciting. In 2011, Paisley released This Is Country Music, and while it wasn’t the equal of those other albums it was damn close.
Brad Paisley took out Lana Del Rey in Round One of Montauk Madness, and now he faces another enigmatic female singer-songwriter in Fiona Apple. Apple is both a better singer and a better songwriter than Del Rey (which is high praise for her, not a shot at Del Rey), but does she have the stuff to take out one of country music’s leading men?
Paisley picked up 75% of the vote in defeating Del Rey, while Apple defeated another female singer-songwriter, Dar Williams, with 80%. Continue reading
Here’s another track by a recent contender in Montauk Madness. Brad Paisley held an early lead over Lana Del Rey, but did he hang on to win? And will those turned off by this full-throated celebration of beer-swilling, football-watching country music fans regret voting for him over the enigmatic chanteuse?
This song is a good example of why I ultimately voted against Paisley. He’s good for one or two of these anthems per album, and that feels way too much like a formula. Continue reading