Song of the Day #2,777: ‘Easy Money’ – Brad Paisley

Time-Well-WastedDuring the 2000s, Brad Paisley put out five or six albums that were just chock full of great, fun songs like today’s Random iTunes Selection.

‘Easy Money’ is catchy, funny and sly like so much of Paisley’s work. Songs like this feel like they were written and recorded in a day, and I mean that as a compliment.

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Song of the Day #2,690: ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ – Brad Paisley

paisley_wheelhouseBrad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse was a rare miss for the artist (and best remembered for the laughably ill-advised track ‘Accidental Racist’) but opening cut and lead-off single ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ is a keeper.

The track’s theme epitomizes Paisley’s appeal as a bona fide country star whose creative purview extends well past Nashville.

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Song of the Day #2,370: ‘High Life’ – Brad Paisley

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Best Songs of 2014 – #10
‘High Life’ – Brad Paisley

After the disastrous ‘Accidental Racist’ derailed his ambitious album Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley retreated to lick his wounds and came back this year with a good-old country record, Moonshine in the Trunk.

It’s a fun album but not an entirely memorable one, especially when compared to the excellent stretch of records that culminated in American Saturday Night.

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Song of the Day #1,377 (2 1/2 years late): ‘Some Mistakes’ – Brad Paisley

5th_gearI’ve been living a lie.

On April 19, 2012, I posted a song from Fiona Apple’s When the Pawn…. It was during a countdown of my favorite albums of the 90s, and Apple’s sophomore effort was #2 on my list.

That was Song of the Day #1,376.

The following day, I posted my #1 album of the 90s. It was Ben Folds Five’s self-titled debut.

That was Song of the Day #1,378.

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Song of the Day #2,307: ‘All You Really Need is Love’ – Brad Paisley

paisley_part_iiHere’s a cute song from Brad Paisley’s second album, 2001’s Part II. It contains all of the signature qualities that would define his music through the following decade-plus.

It’s short, sweet, funny and features a guitar part or two that sound delightfully out of place in a honkytonk country song.

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Song of the Day #2,293: ‘Pressing On a Bruise’ – Brad Paisley

paisley_wheelhouseThe reaction to Brad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse was overwhelmed, probably deservedly so, by commentary on the ill-conceived and downright awful ‘Accidental Racist.’

Unfortunately, quite a few decent songs were overlooked amidst the outrage. Among them was ‘Pressing On a Bruise,’ a track co-written by Paisley and Mat Kearney. Kearney contributes a spoken-word verse toward the end of the song as well.

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Song of the Day #2,233: ‘Cover Girl’ – Brad Paisley

brad_paisley_moonshine_trunkBrad Paisley took a massive hit to his credibility, not to mention his album sales, with 2013’s Wheelhouse.

The harsher blows were due to the ill-advised crapfest ‘Accidental Racist,’ a stab at racial harmony (performed with LL Cool J) that turned out laughably bad and, ironically, a bit racist itself.

But the album’s lack of chart success (relative to Paisley’s astronomical sales numbers up to that point) wasn’t the fault of ‘Accidental Racist.’ It was a sign that Paisley’s increasingly experimental, envelope-pushing approach to country music had finally alienated a sizable portion of his audience.

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