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Format: CD
Sku: 221158771
UPC: 886978327420
UPC 14: 00886978327420
Release Date: 5/23/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. This is Country Music ~ Brad Paisley
2. Old Alabama ~ Brad Paisley
3. Man Don't Have to Die, A ~ Brad Paisley
4. Camouflage ~ Brad Paisley
5. Remind Me ~ Brad Paisley
6. Working On a Tan ~ Brad Paisley
7. Love Her Like She's Leavin' - (featuring Don Henley) ~ Brad Paisley
8. One of Those Lives ~ Brad Paisley
9. Toothbrush ~ Brad Paisley
10. Be the Lake ~ Brad Paisley
11. Eastwood ~ Brad Paisley
12. New Favorite Memory ~ Brad Paisley
13. Don't Drink the Water ~ Brad Paisley
14. I Do Now ~ Brad Paisley
15. Life's Railway to Heaven - (featuring Sheryl Crow/Carl Jackson) ~ Brad Paisley
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Luke Wooten.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Judy Forde-Blair.
Muze PNote Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Ocean Way, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; The Castle, Franklin, TN; The PoolHouse, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Photographer: Jim Shea.
Muze PNote Consciously backpedaling from the all-encompassing embrace of American Saturday Night, Brad Paisley narrows his definition of what constitutes modern country on his seventh collection of new songs, This Is Country Music. Gone are the casual multiculturalism, the allusions to the age of Obama, the subtle instrumental flourishes that suggested a world outside of country; whenever Paisley chooses to broaden the horizons on This Is Country Music, he brings in Don Henley to duet on a power ballad or kicks up the reverb for a bit of landbound surf-rock. From the album title right on down to a rousing tribute to "Old Alabama" -- a tribute so clever it seamlessly references a handful of the band's '80s hits, its chorus playfully inverting "Mountain Music," then enlists the group to sing the punch line -- Paisley celebrates the strict confines of country, gently bending its topical borders but adhering to country customs so strictly he even convinces Clint Eastwood to whistle a Morricone melody on a spaghetti Western instrumental tribute to the actor. Here's where Paisley's skills as a craftsman come into play. Always a traditionalist -- the kind who saluted the Grand Ol Opry by regularly having Bill Anderson and Little Jimmy Dickens come out to do some cornpone humor on his albums -- he builds a song with care but is keenly aware that he's living in 2011, not 1965. Even when he's determined to rein in his ambition, his music is rich and surprising. His silly novelties ("Camouflage" and "Be the Lake") are underpinned by a sly sense of humor not readily apparent on their hammy choruses; he has an eye for details, whether it's how a relationship builds ("Toothbrush") or how a soul erodes in this modern world ("A Man Don't Have to Die"); he opens the album by singing "You're not supposed to say the word cancer in a song," then breaks that very rule a few songs later; his twanging Telecaster may echo back to Don Rich, but is equally indebted to the shredders of the `80s. Paisley's determination to keep This Is Country Music lean and lanky does mean it's not as wily as his other records, but his consummate skill as a musician and big heart are always evident, always keeping things compelling. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Engineer: Richard Barrow; Brian David Willis

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Alabama
Muze Guest Artist Carrie Underwood
Muze Guest Artist Don Henley
Muze Guest Artist Clint Eastwood
Muze Guest Artist Blake Shelton
Muze Guest Artist Marty Stuart
Muze Guest Artist Sheryl Crow
Muze Guest Artist Carl Jackson

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Blue Collar Comedy Tour
Muze Music Compilations Heartbreak Hill
Muze Music Compilations Country's Got Heart
Muze Music Compilations Cars
Muze Music Compilations All Gone Fishin
Muze Music Compilations Today's Country Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Anchored In Love:tribute To June Cart
Muze Music Compilations Blue Collar Comedy Tour:truckload Sal
Muze Music Compilations Hear Something Country Christmas
Muze Music Compilations How Great Thou Art:gospel Favorites L
Muze Music Compilations Now Country
Muze Music Compilations Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country Christ
Muze Music Compilations Men Of Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Now Country Volume 3
Muze Music Compilations Seeking Major Tom
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 5
Muze Music Compilations Sharp Dressed Men:zz Top Tribute
Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar All Time Favorites
Muze Music Compilations Christmas In The Sand
Muze Music Compilations Authentic
Muze Music Compilations Now That?s What I Call A Country Part
Muze Music Compilations Now Country 6
Muze Music Compilations For God & Country
Muze Music Compilations Country Faith Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Country 7
Muze Music Compilations Moonshine In The Trunk
Muze Music Compilations Country Hits Since The 80s:box Set Se
Muze Music Compilations Southbound
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits:decade 1

Associated Artists and Works

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Pickin' On

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/23/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697832742
Music Label Name Label : Arista
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886978327420

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.88)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he greatest country artist of his generation keeps it fresh, funny and guitar-heroic."

Spin (p.102)
- "Nashville's savviest superstar goes just-folks with a vengeance on THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.69)
- "[T]here are honest tearjerkers here, like the post-divorce lament 'I Do Now.' The whole record plays like a best-of sampler -- not just for Paisley, but for the history of the art form." -- Grade: A

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Paisley,Brad
Product attributeLabel:   Arista Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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