Which, of course, is part of his charm. And when he gushes — in his Southern twang — about his wife? It’s almost too much for us!
They’ve helped me realize how much time I used to waste. They grow so quickly, and if I don’t catch every detail on video, I’ll miss my chance.
What advice will you give your boys about women?
That there’s no more important decision in life than who you marry. It’ll determine your happiness, your fate — so many things. That when you get married, you have sealed what it will be like to wake up every day for the rest of your life.
So how did you know you were making the right choice with your wife [actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley]?
She’s so down to earth — there’s no pretentiousness. With Kim I realized that if I ever let her go, not only could I never do any better, but I would always regret it. So I had to marry her. I had no choice!
You two met when you hired her to be in one of your videos after seeing her in Father of the Bride. I don’t want to say that’s a crazy way to get the girl, but…
It is crazy! It was all a weird attempt to say “hi.” I just can’t believe it worked!
You clearly think she’s quite a catch. Does she feel the same way?
At times. I remember when I played at the White House, she said, “Wow, I married the right guy.” But I guarantee that on our first date, she had no idea what she was getting into. Deep down, I’m just a West Virginia hillbilly.
So she embraces your hillbilly side?
It’s a learning curve. In Los Angeles on a Sunday, she’d hike in the canyons or go to Jamba Juice or an independent bookstore. In Nashville, I track my muddy shoes into the house, watch NASCAR, and ask her when the bacon’s done.
After you got married, in 2003, Kim wrote a monthly column for REDBOOK and said you fought over whether to make the bed every day.
Yes, and by the way, I won that fight! Neither one of us makes the bed anymore.
What else has changed since those days?
I’ve learned a lot about listening. My instinct is to fix every problem in five minutes — but she just wants me to listen to her for 40.
People say you’re the funniest, hottest, nicest guy in country music. What would your wife say about that?
She’d say, “He’s not that great.” Unfortunately, she’s been backstage. She’s seen behind the curtain!
What is your hidden talent?
Art. I can draw really well.
Tour bus must-have?
Kona Coffee, from Hawaii.
And since she’s on our cover, what is your favorite Shania song?
“Any Man of Mine”. It was a game-changer in country music.
This Is Country Music Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart With Sales Of More Than 152,000
Brad Paisley’s This Is Country Music Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart With Sales Of More Than 152,000, Marking The Chart’s Best First Week In 2011!
This Is Country Music Debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart
Nashville, TN – Brad Paisley’s new studio album, This Is Country Music, debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with more than 152,000 albums sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the chart’s best first-week sales of 2011. This is Paisley’s sixth consecutive studio album to debut as the nation’s country best-seller. This Is Country Music also debuts at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.
Paisley’s second single, “Old Alabama,” from This Is Country Music is atop both the Billboard and Country Aircheck airplay charts this week giving Paisley his 19th #1 single.
This Is Country Music is garnering critical praise from an array of media including USA Today, who raves that “If you’re going to call an album This Is Country Music (**** out of four), you not only set a high standard for yourself, but you better not give anybody a reason to disagree. Paisley delivers with an album that’s both steeped in the past and looking for ways to grow.”
Entertainment Weekly cheers that “the whole record plays like a best-of sampler — not just for Paisley, but for the history of the art form.”
Rolling Stone shares, “the greatest country artist of his generation keeps it fresh, funny and guitar-heroic.”
The Tennessean notes that “the collection, accessible and thematically cohesive, is the boldest effort of any country artist so far this year.”
Billboard.com declares, “vocally, Paisley has never sounded better, and the ace guitar player struts his stuff throughout, skillfully complementing the mood and timbre of each tune.”
This Is Country Music is a 15-track collection, with 12 co-written by Paisley, and produced by Frank Rogers. His first studio album since American Saturday Night (July of 2009) includes guest performances by Carrie Underwood (the duet, “Remind Me”), Don Henley (“Love Her Like She’s Leavin’”), Blake Shelton (“Don’t Drink the Water”), Marty Stuart, Sheryl Crow, and Carl Jackson (“Life’s Railway to Heaven”) and Clint Eastwood (the instrumental, “Eastwood”).
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grand Ole Opry member Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three GRAMMYs, 14 Country Music Association Awards and 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, including five consecutive Male Vocalist awards. He has 19 #1 singles and has released nine critically acclaimed studio albums. Paisley’s innovative and entertaining H20 World Tour played to over 879,000 fans in 2010 and placed #1 country tour for attendance by Pollstar. His 2011 tour, H2O II: Wetter & Wilder, will kick-off June 3 at the Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The national public education campaign, “1 for All,” announced earlier this week the addition of Brad Paisley to its line-up of celebrity supporters. “1 for All” addresses a lack of understanding among the American public about the freedoms granted by the First Amendment.
“Freedom is what makes America great,” said Paisley. “I count myself blessed to live in a country where I can exercise that right every day, whether I’m writing, recording or performing.”
“1 for All” launched last July in a blitz of print and online advertisements that were featured using the donated space of over 1,000 participating news organizations. The campaign was established in response to recent surveys by the First Amendment Center, which found that only about 1 in 20 Americans can name all five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Ellen DeGeneres, John Mellencamp, Ke$ha, Mary Chapin Carpenter and David Gregory were among the first wave of performers, artists and journalists to show their support for the First Amendment by appearing in the ads.
For more information on the “1 for All” campaign, visit www.1forall.us.