Brad Paisley Pulls An Urban; Releases Single From Previous Album

Brody Vercher | June 11th, 2008

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  1. [...] Paisley Picks Previous Poesy Posted on June 11, 2008 by Aunt B. So, now Brad Paisley’s releasing an old song as a single. [...]
  1. Lucas
    June 11, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Anybody want to explain to me why you would release a single from a previous album? I don’t get it. Good song though.

    I love fan involvement, but I can’t decide if letting your fans pick the songs is too much involvement or not. Kind of takes the creativity away. Or if the songs is a really great one the fans hear it and are less excited because they’ve heard it before.

  2. badiggio
    June 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Jessica was well into dating and being seen everywhere with John Mayer at the time this happened.I can’t believe a word she says.Now with this album she says she wants to be honest;does that mean she’s lied to us about every other album before and what’s to make us believe she’s not lying again now?

  3. Rick
    June 11, 2008 at 10:35 am

    It makes sense to release a single from a previous album when like Brad Paisley your next album will be mostly instrumental. To stay alive on Top 40 country radio the big name artists need to release a continual stream of new singles. Even before their current single begins to fade on the charts the next one is released to maintain momentum…

    The EW analysis of Nashville Star was very well done and I hope becomes a weekly feature as its always fun to read other people’s perspectives. As for the ratings issue its not surprising as its usually only country music superstars appearing on awards shows that attract a large audiences, not a bunch of wannabees in a talent contest. Hopefully production costs have been kept down so that the show will earn plenty of money even with the ratings it gets so future installments will be planned.

    Thanks for the Sarah Buxton update. I wonder if these songs will wind up on another download only EP titled “Almost My Record II”?

  4. Stormy
    June 11, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Badiggio: According to many sources she could barely pull herself away from John to make it into the studio to record her vocals on this album that she “poured herself” into.

    Lucas: I think what bugs me the most about Sarah Buxton’s song method is that it smacks of insecurity and looking for avoidance of responsibility if the music doesn’t sell.

  5. Hollerin' Ben
    June 11, 2008 at 11:04 am

    The Sean Ross article has no problem speaking about country music as a commercial radio format rather than as an art tradition, and it evaluates country music’s state accordingly.

    When do you suppose that the Grand Ole Opry and Chet Flippo will come around and openly admit that the quality of the music is only important to them insofar as it helps to superficially engage the most amount of people possible?

  6. Stormy
    June 11, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Didn’t the Opry already admit that when it gave membership to Carrie “Flavor of the Month” Underwood?

  7. anna
    June 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    stormy, really “flavor of the month”? again, carrie did more for the opry in her one nom than the past 3 combined. meanwhile, she is enjoying her 7th number one, not really flavor of the month.

  8. Brody Vercher
    June 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Lucas, she’s not letting her fans pick the songs. She’s just looking for feedback. It’s not much different than an artist performing a new song during their live show to gauge audience reaction.

  9. Stormy
    June 11, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Anna: Do #1 singles really mean anything in this era of conglomeration and payola?

  10. Matt B.
    June 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm


    If you equate conglomeration to payola, I would somewhat agree with you. Otherwise, payola isn’t happening the way you think it is. I think it was the FCC chairman who said something about conglomerates being the biggest worry for them because it has eliminated a lot (most) of the live and local or promotion of local artists.

  11. Matt B.
    June 11, 2008 at 1:03 pm


    #1 songs still matter.

  12. Paula
    June 11, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Matt B: #1 songs still matter.

    Especially to the songwriters!

  13. Kevin
    June 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the continued links to the 100 Greatest Women feature.

    Just want to add that Paisley’s really pulling a “Gayle” – Crystal Gayle dipped back to an earlier album to release “Ready For the Times to Get Better” back in 1978, instead of picking another track from her current album to follow the mega-hit “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” That was especially strange because the album “Better” was from hadn’t sold that well, and the one with “Blue” was on its way to platinum.

  14. Hollerin' Ben
    June 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    #1 songs might matter when trying to discern if an artist in question is a flavor of the year or era as opposed to a “flavor of the month”.

    but they don’t tell us much about if the flavor is any good.

  15. Funk
    June 11, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Rosanne Cash rated above Martina McBride? Shakes the credibility of the list a bit, ya think? I love ‘em both, but come on.

  16. northtexas
    June 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    “#1 songs might matter when trying to discern if an artist in question is a flavor of the year or era as opposed to a “flavor of the month”.”

    Carrie’s been the “flavor of the month” for three years…whether you like her or not, that’s a pretty good run.

  17. Stormy
    June 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I would call Carrie Country’s It Girl, but she has already lost that status.

  18. northtexas
    June 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    “I would call Carrie Country’s It Girl, but she has already lost that status.”

    Who might that be…Taylor? Her last release topped out at #3 and her current song will be lucky to make it into the top 10.
    Personally I’d like to see more radio airplay for artists like CRYSTAL SHAWANDA or ASHTON SHEPHERD but fat chance of that happening. As for Carrie,
    six out of seven singles going to #1 (DFTRM #2) is a hell of a accomplishment in the male dominated world of country music.

  19. Chris N.
    June 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Taylor and Carrie are quite good friends. Would either of them want you kids arguing over chart minutiae in a vain attempt to figure out which one is more popular this week?

  20. northtexas
    June 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    “Would either of them want you kids”

    Hey thanks! You made my day with the kids remark but I happen to be an ‘old fart’!

  21. Jaime
    June 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    That Brad Paisley is a crafty guy–the combo of “Waitin on a Woman” and Andy Griffith will be hugely successful.

  22. Rick
    June 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    (Off Topic) Come on Chris N., three and a half stars for Julianne Hough’s debut in Country Weekly? Either this is album review grade inflation or you’ve seen her photos from “Shape” magazine and been hypnotized! (lol – yes I’m joking)

    WOW, so Carrie Underwood has greatly increased the number of her live show bookings! I am just so excited I can hardly contain myself!……….NOT !(lol) I wouldn’t go even if I got a free ticket. Now a concert featuring Sarah Buxton, Elizabeth Cook, Sunny Sweeney, and Ashley Monroe (or a combination thereof) would justify a road trip!

  23. Hollerin' Ben
    June 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm


    if you want to check out a cool local singer songwriter, check out Jaimi Shuey. She is great and plays a really neat show with a fella named Dave Gleason at the Cinema Bar in Culver City every month or so, it’s probably my favorite standing night of music out there.

  24. northtexas
    June 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    “Now a concert featuring Sarah Buxton, Elizabeth Cook, Sunny Sweeney”

    If you’re a country traditionalist and live in Texas boy have I got the concert for you this weekend.

    Sunny Sweeney with Lorreta Lynn:
    Fri Jun 13 Stubbs – Waller Creek Amphitheatre Austin, TX

    Sat Jun 14 Bass Concert Hall Fort Worth, TX

  25. northtexas
    June 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    That’s Loretta not Lorreta…need to start proofreading my posts.

  26. Rick
    June 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Ben, thanks for the artist tip. I usually avoid bar concerts because of the noise due to drunk patrons and high volume levels, but I might give it a shot. Robbie Fulks will be at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on Sunday June 22 at 3 PM. It is by far my favorite Socal venue as its tiny (only holds 50 people), the audience is quiet and respectful of the performers (no alcohol), and the volume is moderate from a nice sound system. If you’ve never been there, be sure to check it out!

    NorthTexas, I’m stuck here in Los Angeles but do wish Loretta and Sunny would come my way, and bring Amber Digby along too! Sunny doesn’t normally venture very far from Texas, but I’m hoping she’ll come to LA at some point and play a club like Safari Sams.

  27. Kevin
    June 11, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Those looking for a good concert in the NYC area should catch Trisha Yearwood with Lori McKenna tomorrow night at North Fork Theatre in Westbury. There are still a ton of good seats left.

  28. Brad
    June 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I am very EXCITED to hear about “Waitin’ on a Woman” being released. It is one of my favorite Brad Paisley songs. It is also a Wynn Varble song, who is a writer I really like. Andy sounds PERFECT for the video.

  29. Chris N.
    June 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Rick: Finally some review feedback! Sometimes I think nobody reads them but me and my editor.

    I do feel a little alone out here after reading some of the other reviews of the Julianne Hough album. After a few years of hearing one boring alt-country and bluegrass album after another, I guess I’ve reached a point where I really appreciate pop-country when it’s done well. As I’ve said in comments on some other thread here, I enjoy the way her natural sunniness adds personality to an oft-faceless format and sometimes subverts the meaning of the songs (which others see as a weakness).

    Also, she’s just got a terrific voice that I enjoy hearing. I think some folks are listening with their eyes, but in the opposite way — assuming she can’t also be a good singer if she’s, er, hot.

  30. Hollerin' Ben
    June 11, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    wow, that’s one of the longest and un-snarkiest comments I’ve read from you in a long time.

  31. Stormy
    June 12, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Chris: Why in a sea of interesting alt-country albums and awesome bluegrass albums have you been listening to the boring ones?

  32. Matt B.
    June 12, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Stormy, I’ll respond to that question. Because when you listen to SO many albums they tend to blend together, even when they’re “awesome.” So sometimes an album like Julianne Hough’s will do that.

  33. Stormy
    June 12, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Having listened to the samples on her album, I can’t imagine Julianne Hough’s album doing anything but making me run in terror.

  34. Kelly
    June 12, 2008 at 8:07 am

    While I am not a legit critic like Chris by any means, I also have learned to appreciate good pop-country (emphasis on “good”) for what it is after listening to tons of alt-country, bluegrass and “texas country”. When done wrong, music from these genres can be as bad, generic, bland and derivitive as the next rascal flatts album is sure to be.

  35. Jim Malec
    June 12, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Indie music, from all genres, often has a greater upside than major label music…but it rarely elevates itself to that height, and almost universally falls short of its potential.


    Because artists, when left to their own devices, have a tendency to think they (and their songs) are better than they really are.

  36. Chris N.
    June 12, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I’m legit? Woo hoo!

  37. Kelly
    June 12, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Chris: you get actual dollars for your reviews (regardless of the amount, which i am sure is considerable), so yes, you are quite legit, perhaps 2 legit to even quit….

    Jim: I agree but to a point. But often times the fans of the major label artsits and the buying public let certain acts think they are better than what they truly are. Jessica Simpson has tons of fans, presumably validating her talents as a new country artist (obviously, i do not share that opinion). There are also great examples of indie acts (drew kennedy, avett brothers for example) who do reach their potential (or very close) because they are allowed to “do what they do” by the indie label leaving them alone and not trying to fit the band into a nice-neat little rack at walmart or target.

  38. Stormy
    June 12, 2008 at 9:26 am

    I would appreciate good pop country, but generally turning on KASE (the local pop country station) I can’t find a song that keeps me tuned in for a verse, much less an album. Its weird because I was never really much of a rock fan before country went pop. I had nothing against it, I just hadn’t really listened to too much of it. The new band that mainstream country has turned me onto the most is Nirvana, because that is generally what is playing on 101X, the next station up the dial from KASE.

  39. Stormy
    June 12, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I guess what I am asking is, for all the praise for Julianne’s new album, how many of y’all are actually going to go out and plunk down actual dollars for it.

  40. Chris N.
    June 12, 2008 at 9:35 am

    If anyone here is under the impression that music journalists get paid a lot of money, I’d like to disabuse you of that notion.

  41. Stormy
    June 12, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Chris: Lol, is that in response to Kelly’s comment or my question?

  42. Heidi
    June 12, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I’m glad to hear that Brad is releasing “Waiting on a Woman” I pegged it as a single from the first listen of TWW.

  43. Chris N.
    June 12, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Er, that was for Kelly. I do get free CDs, which is why I got into this line of work in the first place.

  44. Stormy
    June 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

    To be fair, she did say that you got actual dollars, not a lot of them. Everyone tries to pay me in photocopied Monopoly money.

  45. Kelly
    June 12, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Chris: I guess i need to start putting smiley faces by the things that i mean sarcastically or jokingly. I wouldnt imagine that you are making a fortune, but I am with you that i have enjoyed the free cd part of the gig as well….

  46. Chris N.
    June 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    It’s finally happened — I now use sarcasm so often that I no longer recognize the sarcasm of others. That’s just great.

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