NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 22, 2013 - Country superstar Brad Paisley dabbles in plenty of other mediums besides his music, including posing for this Sunday's (March 24) Parade magazine. With his signature white cowboy hat, Paisley gives fans a behind-the-scenes snapshot of his life, musical career and what direction he's headed next. The "Southern Comfort Zone" crooner will be releasing a brand new studio album, Wheelhouse, on April 9, and he says that people can expect a darker, edgier side to him. However, he's confident that his loyal following won't suddenly abandon him.
“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," he says. "So it’s not like with one album I’m a whole new guy.”
One particular album cut, titled "Those Crazy Christians," gives a stark perspective on religion from the viewpoint of a nonbeliever. “This is what I would consider a gospel song, the most important one I’ve ever done," he explains. "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.”
Paisley's latest single, "Beat This Summer," will lead the singer on a highly anticipated summer tour -- to include relative mainstream newcomer Lee Brice. On the delicate balance of work and home, Paisley says, "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."
As fans know, Paisley is happily married to actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley -- who currently portrays controversial character Peggy Kenter on ABC's hit musical drama Nashville. Speculation has swirled about whether Paisley would ever choose to appear on the show, and well, he sets the record straight. “They’ve asked, but it’s a little odd, having Kim on there playing somebody else," he notes. "I can’t watch it. It is really good, but it’s disturbing to me, too close to what I do.” [Quotes via Y100 Country]
In an exclusive behind-the-scenes video (to the left), Paisley talks about his favorite Country album of all time, wearing hats, the Grand Ole Opry and so much more!