"Brad Paisley Strikes a New Chord" - Interview with Parade Magazine

In this weekend's issue of PARADE, country star Brad Paisley tells all about his provocative new album, Wheelhouse (out April 9), his family life on a Nashville farm, and why he struggles with being a workaholic. Paisley on Those Crazy Christians, about religion from the viewpoint of a nonbeliever:This is what I would consider a gospel song, the most important one Ive ever done. I wrote it shortly after my cousin-in-law passed away in 2011. To play the part of the skeptic is a much more powerful argument to mein favor of [belief] as well as looking at things that are baffling.On struggling with work-life balance:"It is tough and frustrating sometimes. When you're a creative person, there are just times when you're not listening. You know, I could be looking right at you and thinking about something else."On meeting his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, when he cast her in a video after spotting her inFather of the Bride:I used the video as a way to say hi, and it worked well. I did not think, he adds mischievously, she would end up as my wife.On why he hasnt done a cameo on ABCs musical dramaNashville, in which his wife has a role:Theyve asked, but its a little odd, having Kim on there playing somebody else. I cant watch it. It is really good, but its disturbing to me, too close to what I do.On whether hes afraid his fans wont like the edgier material onWheelhouse:Maybe Im naive, but I give them a lot of credit for having been with me a long time and knowing me really well. So its not like with one album Im a whole new guy.selections from PARADE Interview by Matt Hendrickson