Brad Paisley is a busy guy. He’s on the road about 100 days a year entertaining his millions of fans. And with his new album, “This is Country Music,” in stores now, Paisley isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Currently out on tour, Paisley let CNN hop on his tour bus and shared some of his secrets of how to survive life on the road. He says his most essential tool is coffee.
“We like coffee. There’s something about being out here on the road that the hours aren’t anything like what you’re used to when you’re at home.”
But caffeine is not the only fuel Paisley relies on. He is a very big advocate of staying healthy by staying in shape. And he and his guys come prepared for that. He led us into a room full of what he calls “the emergency stuff — dumbbells, adjustable weights and kettle bells.
“I’m telling you that’s important out here because they feed you really well, and then I have to get up in front of thousands of people and pretend I haven’t eaten, you know, a 16-ounce steak,” Paisley says.
But he does take time to relax and says he really enjoys getting to catch up with his favorite TV shows on the road, thanks to having TiVo on his bus. He says that getting to see what happened on “The Office” whenever he wants is a great way to pass the time while traveling by bus.
Paisley also thinks that for anyone who travels all of the time for work, it is important to stop and smell the roses, so to speak.
“If you’re somebody that gets a chance to go somewhere … that has to work somewhere or go to another city, then do your best to see it. Because I just think that’s the best way to have an interesting life,” he says.
“It’s hard to be judgmental once you’ve been around the world … it’s pretty hard to be anything but understanding, and I think it’s good for everybody to get out and see someplace other than where you grew up.”
Paisley also speaks candidly about how the road has taught him to not take his family and loved ones for granted, but rather the time away makes the time at home all the more special.
But if there is any question as to why Paisley chooses this semi-nomadic life — it’s for the fans.
“I look out at so many of the same faces every year as we do these tours that I’m reminded how really, really lucky I am to be in this type of music. It’s crazy how loyal country fans are. I can’t say enough how much that means to me.”