Brad Paisley was born on October 28, 1972 to Doug and Sandy Paisley. Raised in Glen Dale, West Virginia, Paisley started playing guitar at 8 years old. By 10, he was performing at a variety of events including Mother’s Day and Christmas parties. He wrote his first song when he was 12, titles “Born on Christmas Day”. After hearing him play that song, Paisley was invited to open for country stars like Ricky Skaggs and George Jones on the radio show “Jamboree USA”. Paisley went to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and one week after graduating with a degree in Music Business, he was offered a contract at EMI Records.
Now, Paisley is revered for his mixture of country and Southern rock. He was the CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year in 2008. He has had a successful career releasing 7 albums, with 16 number one singles, and also won the Entertainer of the Year award in 2010. To learn more about Brad Paisley, click here.
“Old Alabama” — This is a song with a very fun feel to it, yet one that pays respect to artists who paved the way for artists today. This song features one of country music’s greats, Alabama. In the song, Paisley sings, “now we’re listenin’ to old Alabama,/drivin’ through Tennessee/a little Dixieland Delight and It Feels So Right,/it’s Love In The First Degree-ee-eee!” Here, Paisley is talking about how the good old songs by Alabama are truly what he loves to listen to. Later in the song, Alabama sings, “play some back home come on music that comes from the heart,/play something with lots of feeling, ‘cause that’s where music has to start”. This shows their belief of where music should come from, and where their music came from. It is important to remember your roots, where you came from, and what made you who you are today. To watch the music video for this song, click here.
“This is Country Music” — This is Brad Paisley’s way of telling what country music is to him, and to all who listen to it. He describes how country music is written and sang, but more importantly describes the people who listen to it. He sings, “do you like to drink a cold one on the weekend and get a little loud/do you wanna say I’m sorry or I love you but you don’t know how/and do you wish somebody had the never to tell that stupid boss of yours to shuve it next time he yells at you/well this is country music and we do/so turn it on, turn it up, and sing along/this is real, this your life in a song/yeah, this country music”. I think the moving part of the song is when Paisley sings, “are you haunted by the echo of your mother on the phone/cryin’ as she tells you that your brother is not comin’ home/if there’s anyone that still has pride in the memory of those that died defending the old red, white and blue/well this is country music and we do”. This song pays homage not only to country music, but moreover to its fans. Here, it is important to give thanks and pay homage to those who keep you going and who make you who you are. To view the music video for this song, click here.
“Letter to Me” — This song is about Brad wanting to write a letter to himself when he was younger, so that his wisdom at the current time could lead his youthful endeavors. Throughout the song he lists situations that he had gotten himself into when he was 17 years old, and gives advice to himself on what to do about it. He states, “I know at 17 it’s hard to see past Friday night/she wasn’t right for you/and still you feel like there’s a knife sticking out of your back/and you’re wondering if you’ll survive/you’ll make it through this and you’ll see/you’re still around to write this letter to me”. One of the cooler parts of the song is when he states, “each and every time you have a fight/just assume you’re wrong and dad is right” and when he sings, “P.S. go hug Aunt Rita every chance you can”. This song represents the advice he would give himself to guide himself. I don’t have a chance to write a letter to me when I’m younger, no one does. So I think this song is really important and that I want to do my best to get it right the first time. The music video for this song can be found below.