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Brad Paisley

This is Country Music 5/24

"American Saturday Night sort of was my The Times They Are a-Changin' album," says the country megastar. "But you can't make an album like that every time out." For the follow-up to his 2009 hit – which defied the conventions of right-leaning Nashville by hailing President Obama's election – Paisley is serving up a meat-and-potatoes celebration of his home genre. The title track, already a Top Five smash, pays tribute to the unflinching real­ism of country songwriting. "I'm very proud of the fact that this format is so on the nose," he says. "There's a sort of bravery in the fact that country songs deal straightforwardly – not metaphorically – with topics like cancer and patriotism and faith and divorce."

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