Brad Paisley launches Moonshine In The Trunk leaks into outer space
Arista Nashville superstar Brad Paisley is currently climbing the country radio charts with his new smash hit, ‘River Bank.’ The debut single from Paisley’s new album, Moonshine In The Trunk, stands at No. 2 on the Mediabase Country radio airplay chart and No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The new album on Sony Nashville/Arista features 14-tracks co-produced by Paisley and Luke Wooten (Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley Dustin Lynch). The new project adapts the modern technology of EDM and dubstep to the classic country formula on songs written or co-written by the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Paisley also flexed his social media muscle to begin promoting Moonshine In The Trunk around the universe.
Paisley had some fun with his fans and his record label by posting a series of tweets and song previews from @BradPaisley that began, “I’m going rogue. The label doesn’t know I’m doing this. Seriously. But I made a Moonshine Preview teaser. Don’t tell.” The singer continued tweeting over the next few days, providing music previews and additional commentary.
One especially notable “tweak” is the track ‘American Flag on the Moon.’ The country superstar decided to “launch” the song from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, standing on the actual launch pads that propelled historic missions such as Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, and space shuttles. In the song, Paisley encourages Americans to keep dreaming and “believe in impossible things,” singing, “I mean, after all, there's an American flag on the moon.”
Moonshine In The Trunk is the follow up to 2013’s Wheelhouse, which debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The previous album features the controversial ‘Accidental Racist’ duet with rapper LL Cool J. “What I learned is that there are certain subjects that are almost next to impossible to sing about, to do songs about,” Paisley tells Billboard, “but … the point of the last album was to tackle those things that seem like they would be impossible to do and see if they are possible.”
Paisley reveals he chose ‘River Bank’ as the new album’s first single because it contains elements of both his old and new music. “This is interesting because I’ve never done a groove with this composition of elements,” he admits to Billboard.com’s The 615. Paisley adds he was surprised no one else had already come up with the hook, “Laughing all the way to the river bank.” Other featured tracks include ‘Shattered Glass,’ a female empowerment song written from a male perspective that Paisley says was inspired by his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
“I have so much respect for her and what she does ... This song is supposed to be a pep talk to her and any woman who has dreams she wants to achieve, and thinks to herself, ‘This might not be something a woman like me can do.’” Good friend and CMA Awards co-host, Carrie Underwood, is featured on the track ‘High Life,’ and Paisley samples himself in the song ‘4WP’ that, ironically, he had to get legal permission from himself to do. The 41-year-old co-star of ABC’s Rising Star singing competition show continues his Country Nation World Tour in the U.S. through Sept. 20. He finishes up the year in Canada with more than a dozen dates (Oct. 2 - Nov. 22).
Watch the “squirrely” official music video for Brad Paisley’s new single, ‘River Bank.’
As A Matter of Fact…
* Brad Douglas Paisley was born October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He began playing guitar at age 8 and gave his first public performance at a local church two years later. Paisley then started getting guitar lessons from Clarence "Hank" Goddard, who featured the young singer-guitarist in a group called Brad Paisley & the C-Notes.
* Paisley started writing his own songs in junior high school. He got his first professional break when he was invited to perform at a Rotary Club function, where a local DJ invited the young artist to appear on Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia. Paisley was such a hit he became a regular performer on the weekly broadcasts opening for major stars such as Roy Clark, Ricky Skaggs, and the Judds.
* Paisley remained at Jamboree USA until receiving a full ASCAP scholarship to attend Belmont University in Nashville. He moved to Music City in 1993 and studied music business while interning at Atlantic Records. After earning his degree, Paisley signed a songwriting deal with EMI Music and began penning songs such as David Kersh's 1997 single ‘Another You.’
* Arista Records signed Paisley to a recording contract in 1998, releasing his first single, ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ in February 1999. The song became the title track to his full-length debut issued later in the year. The album single, ‘He Didn't Have to Be,’ became Paisley's first No. 1 hit.
* In 2001, Brad Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, making the 28-year-old singer-songwriter the youngest musician ever given the honor. His second album, Part II, appeared in May 2001 and helped establish Paisley as a rising country music star. The album spawned four Top 10 singles including second No. 1 hit ‘I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)’ along with ‘Two People Fell in Love,’ ‘Wrapped Around,’ and ‘I Wish You'd Stay.’
* Mud on the Tires is considered Paisley’s breakthrough release after debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album charts and No. 8 on the Billboard 200. The 2003 double-platinum release features four more Top 10 singles and paved the way for 2005’s equally successful Time Well Wasted.
* Brad Paisley has sold more than over 12 million albums and won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and two American Music Awards. The Grand Ole Opry member also holds the record for most consecutive No. 1 country hits in the SoundScan era, according to Billboard.com.
* Paisley stood on the surface of Launch Pad 39B—where a Saturn V rocket once launched three American astronauts to the moon in 1969—and tweeted International Space Station astronaut Reid Wiseman with a leak of the song ‘American Flag On The Moon.’ Wiseman replied from space with a photo of Florida taken as the space station orbits earth.