Brad Paisley: Today's Country Music

When misinformed people say that Country music is all about loss, whining that your wife left and took your dog, your car and your beer... Brad Paisley is the artist I think of that turns that stereotype on its head.

I think the first song I heard by this guy (or at least, the first which I knew to be him) was Celebrity, which mocks celebrities of our age and their ridiculously high status in society. I couldn't help but laugh. I heard a few more songs I liked, and I started checking out some of his albums. While I have to say I enjoy his radio songs, I think you miss some real gems if you don't get the album.

What I particularly love about him as an artist are his (often) high energy tunes and the creative lyrics of his songs. The first time I listen to a new album by Brad Paisley, I'm glued to the speaker, because I know his words are the best part. I am rarely disappointed. Even if it's not a funny song (there are usually several of those), the lyrics just come across as more thoughtful than many artists of today. It's the little things that make the most impact.

I've played many of his songs for my mom and my sisters, and they loved them, too. Whether he's being the eternally optimistic guy trying to pick up a girl in Me Neither, or he's cleverly plotting to smoke a box of Cuban cigars for half price in The Cigar Song, he's an entertainer at his finest. The creativity shines through in his romantic songs, too, like Little Moments and The World, which just seem extra special, because it sounds like they're describing a particular lady, yet I still feel that they apply to me and my relationship.

In short, the music of Brad Paisley makes me smile and melts my heart. Although it's not my favorite of his albums, I think This is Country Music, and its title track, live up to their name, giving a fair representation of what the genre has become.

Here are some of my personal favorites from his collection.

Mud On The Tires
Mud On The Tires

Some of my favorite songs from this album include Celebrity, Little Moments, The Cigar Song and Whiskey Lullaby (a very sad song, but a beautiful duet with Alison Krauss).

Time Well Wasted
Time Well Wasted

I love just about every song on this album! To name just a few, I like I'll Take You Back (not what you think from the title ;), The World, and Easy Money.

Who Needs Pictures
Who Needs Pictures

This is one of his older albums, but he's had quality music throughout his career, in my opinion. I particularly like the songs Me Neither, He DIdn't Have to Be and We Danced from this album.


Hear (or watch) a few of the songs I mentioned above, as well as a couple new ones.


My first, and still one of my favorite, Brad Paisley songs.

This Is Country Music:

Brad Paisley is a talented guitarist, and you can tell it's something he loves. Most of his albums have a few guitar/instrumental tunes, and he has an entire guitar album.

He Didn't Have to Be:

A very sweet song. It makes me cry almost every time.

When I Get Where I'm Going (duet with Dolly Parton):

Another thing I admire about Brad Paisley is that, while most Country artists seem to have a Christian background (from reading their Thank You message in the CD booklet), he actually puts one or two gospel/Christian songs on each album.

Southern Comfort Zone:

Around the world in 80 days? Watch Brad Paisley do it in five and a half minutes. ;)

What do you think of Brad Paisley's music?

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Country music. Love it? Hate it? Haven't given it a chance in a couple decades? ;) Why not? 19 comments

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fullofshoes 2 years ago

I love country music and Brad Paisley is definitely one of my favorites.

Cristodulo 2 years ago

And I like very much

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serendipity831 2 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

I love country music and Brad is great. "Letter to Me" and "I Hope That's Me" are my two favorites by him.

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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado

I just love Brad Paisley and his music. He's the real deal. Congrats on Review of the Day!

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WhiteIsland 2 years ago Author

@Diana Wenzel: Thanks!

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WhiteIsland 2 years ago Author

@serendipity831: Those are both great songs. Thanks for reading. :)

tonyleather 2 years ago

Not a big fan of country music! Sorry!

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WhiteIsland 2 years ago Author

@tonyleather: No need to apologize... But have you listened to Brad Paisley? ;)

Thanks for stopping by.

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shellys-space 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

I love Brad Paisley and his a very talented musician.

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AnonymousC831 2 years ago from Kentucky

I love Brad Paisley. Congrats on review of the day.

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Radgrl 2 years ago

I love Brad Paisley. I hear he has a great sense of humor too. He's always making practical jokes with other singers. His music is incredible.

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RPWag 2 years ago

Not too familiar with Brad as a result of your review I might listen to one or two of his tunes, just to see. good job

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WhiteIsland 2 years ago Author

@RPWag: Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. :)

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WhiteIsland 2 years ago Author

@AnonymousC831: Thanks :)

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WhiteIsland 2 years ago Author

@Radgrl: Yes, from things I've heard, he sounds like a genuinely nice guy. One of the celebrities I would like to meet. :)

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Johanna Eisler 2 years ago

How much fun was that!!! I'd never heard Southern Comfort Zone before - what a treat! My husband and I caught one his dinner concerts a few years ago, and it was so much fun! We still have a couple of guitar picks that his fellow musicians threw out into the audience after using them for the concert. Fun memories... we even (unknowingly) sat at the same little table with his wife! We were so transfixed by his performance that we didn't pay any attention to the cute little lady on the other side of our table!

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WhiteIsland 2 years ago Author

@Johanna Eisler: I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) That sounds like so much fun. I haven't been to one of his concerts, but I hope to one day.

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Alschaner 2 years ago

Brad Paisley is really the main reason I started listening to country music again, but I'm glad i did. :) Thanks for this lens!

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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

wonderful review included in Find a Country Song Page and Shared :)

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