Brad Paisley has written a love letter to the small Southern towns in the form of a new song, "Heaven South," the opening track from his forthcoming album Love and War.
"Beer-battered chicken" and "sweet iced tea" lead off the nostalgic anthem, a mid-tempo tour of the Southern everytown that's anchored by a brightly picked mandolin, Paisley's trademark Telecaster twang and a giant, arena-ready "whoa-oh" chorus. Paisley co-wrote the song with Brent Anderson and Chris DuBois.
Love and War is out April 21st. The album features a number of special guests, including Mick Jagger, John Fogerty, Bill Anderson and Timbaland. In addition to the hit single "Today," it includes a musical adaptation of a Johnny Cash poem, titled "Gold All Over the Ground."
Earlier this year, Paisley was featured on an episode of PBS's Landmarks Live in Concert. Hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, the series highlights the hometowns of major artists, with Paisley's episode focusing on West Virginia.