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Brad Paisley Strikes a New Chord
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.
Watch behind-the-scenes video from Paisley's cover photo shoot and read highlights from his PARADE cover story below. Be sure to check out this weekend's issue in your local newspaper for the full interview.
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Paisley on “Those Crazy Christians,” about religion from the viewpoint of a nonbeliever:
“This is what I would consider a gospel song, the most important one I’ve ever done. … I wrote it shortly after my cousin-in-law passed away in 2011. … To play the part of the skeptic … is a much more powerful argument to me—in favor of [belief] as well as looking at things that are baffling.”
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:
“I used the video as a way to say hi, and it worked well. I did not think,” he adds mischievously, “she would end up as my wife.”
On why he hasn’t done a cameo on ABC’s musical drama Nashville, in which his wife has a role:
“They’ve asked, but it’s a little odd, having Kim on there playing somebody else. … I can’t watch it. It is really good, but it’s disturbing to me, too close to what I do.”
On whether he’s afraid his fans won’t like the edgier material on Wheelhouse:
“Maybe I’m naive, but I give them a lot of credit for having been with me a long time and knowing me really well. So it’s not like with one album I’m a whole new guy.”
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