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Watch Brad Paisley Recruit Mascots for ‘Country Nation’ Video

College football characters assemble for the guitar-slinger’s latest clever clip

Partially filmed on the Vanderbilt University football field in Nashville, the music video for Brad Paisley’s “Country Nation” — the fourth single from last year’s Moonshine in the Trunk — celebrates the moment that blue-collar work weeks give way to sports-filled weekends. 

With football season gearing up for its kickoff, “Country Nation” couldn’t have arrived at a better time. It’s a tribute to the college teams that give Americans an identity beyond the 9-to-5 uniforms they wear every day — and it’s filled with all the requisite images and sounds for a modern-day, somewhat patriotic country tune, including souped-up Chevys and twangy radio stations. To sweeten the deal, Paisley fills the clip with more than two dozen college football mascots, casting them in the various occupational roles mentioned in the song. We see bobble-headed animals working on assembly lines and super-sized cats pushing baby strollers, as well as a cameo by Paisley’s own mascot, Bobblehead Brad. 

“I think ya’ll are really gonna like the new video,” Paisley tweeted yesterday. “If not, then someone should make an app where folks can bash it & text insults & stuff.”

Tomorrow morning, Paisley will headline Today’s early-morning Summer Concert Series, with additional tour dates that stretch until October 3rd. He’ll also perform “Country Nation” this Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay, as well as share his gridiron predictions.

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