"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 ďThose Crazy Christians,Ē about religion from the viewpoint of a nonbeliever:†ďThis is what I would consider a gospel song, the most important one Iíve ever done. Ö I wrote it shortly after my cousin-in-law passed away in 2011. Ö To play the part of the skeptic Ö is a much more powerful argument to meóin favor of [belief] as well as looking at things that are baffling.Ē†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 in†Father of the Bride:†ďI used the video as a way to say hi, and it worked well. I did not think,Ē he adds mischievously, ďshe would end up as my wife.Ē†On why he hasnít done a cameo on ABCís musical drama†Nashville, in which his wife has a role:†ďTheyíve asked, but itís a little odd, having Kim on there playing somebody else. Ö I canít watch it. It is really good, but itís disturbing to me, too close to what I do.Ē†On whether heís afraid his fans wonít like the edgier material onWheelhouse:ďMaybe Iím naive, but I give them a lot of credit for having been with me a long time and knowing me really well. So itís not like with one album Iím a whole new guy.Ē†selections from PARADE Interview by Matt Hendrickson