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.
Brad 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.
The 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.
Brad Paisley’s latest album, Wheelhouse, will probably never emerge from the shadow of its controversial, and hilariously bad, song ‘Accidental Racist.’
And that’s a shame, because while Wheelhouse is no American Saturday Night or Mud On the Tires, it’s an ambitious and often rewarding record. If I were to get mathematical, I’d say it’s 1/2 great, 1/3 mediocre and 1/6 head-scratchingly bad. It would be a shame to let the few spoil things for the many.
My old pal Brad Paisley has been in the news a lot the past week or so, and not in a good way.
A track on his new album, Wheelhouse, called ‘Accidental Racist’ has been vilified as racist itself, or at the very least tone deaf about race relations.
The track, a duet between Paisley and rapper LL Cool J, is an imagined conversation between a “Skynrd fan” with a confederate flag on his T-shirt and a black Starbucks employee who (presumably on his off hours) wears a do-rag, sagging pants and gold chains.