Brad Paisley built a full bar inside his home studio — complete with neon signs, beer on tap and lots of white lightning — so that his co-writers and collaborators could find liquid inspiration for new music. The result was last year’s Moonshine in the Trunk album, which balances love songs and deep thinkers with some good old fashioned party songs.
“Inspiration is everything,” Paisley told Rolling Stone Country on the week of his latest LP’s release. “I wanted this to be a modern honky-tonk record, but not one that’s a ‘cry in your beer’ honky-tonk record. More like a honky-tonk record that Buck Owens would’ve made. So you build [a honky-tonk] in your studio, if you can! You make the vibe everything you want it to be.”
The latest of those honky-tonk-ready tunes released to radio is “Crushin’ It,” penned by the country superstar with Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller. Paisley recently sang the song — though minus the record version’s opening audio of someone crushing a beer can — at the Grand Ole Opry, with the performance making its exclusive debut on Rolling Stone Country.
Paisley was inducted into the Opry on February 17th, 2001, when he was just 28-years-old — making him the youngest new inductee in the revered radio show’s history. On the night of his induction, he sported the same yellow jacket that Buck Owens wore while recording his famous Live at Carnegie Hall album in 1966.