Impact: Brad Paisley’s New Album ‘Moonshine in the Trunk’

“At certain times, your career should be a party.”
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By Radio.com Staff

There’s no question Brad Paisley has written and recorded some of the most widely loved country songs of the past decade. And on Monday (Aug. 25), the West Virginia native promises to deliver even more when he releases his brand-new album Moonshine in the Trunk.

In celebration of his new album, Paisley is our Impact artist this week.

Related: Brad Paisley Performing Moonshine in the Trunk Pool Party in Las Vegas on Aug. 27—Get Ticket Information

Coproduced by Paisley and Luke Wooten, Moonshine in the Trunk is Paisley’s tenth studio album. Paisley also wrote or cowrote 13 of the 14 songs on the collection (see the full track listing below), including “River Bank,” a good-natured summertime jam that became the new album’s lead single.

It’s “kind of a back-to-basics song,” Paisley told the Nashville Tennessean about “River Bank.” “I’ve called myself, for years, a river rat,” he continued, saying that “my best memories with my grandfather are on that body of water, and my dad and learning to ski.”

After debuting “River Bank” live during the ACM Awards in Las Vegas this past April, Paisley released a video for the song as well. And not just any video: this one featured Paisley and his band playing while half-submerged in river water (using, by the way, instruments that had been damaged in the 2010 Nashville flood) while good-looking young folks frolicked all around them.

Even more impressive, though, were the antics of the video’s real star, Twiggy, the Water-Skiing Squirrel.

“River Bank” and its accompanying video clearly set the tone for the album, showing that Paisley appears to have deliberately veered away from some of the serious (and controversial) topics he broached on his last album, 2013’s Wheelhouse. Instead, Moonshine in the Trunk is imbued with a spirit of fun.

“At certain times, your career should be a party,” Paisley has said.

Paisley also noted that he wrote the album in three months and that it includes “some of the best songs I’ve ever hooked.”

Another of those songs is the title track, which Paisley revealed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this summer.

Paisley, in fact, has been leaking and otherwise previewing material from the album for the past few weeks. The latest? A lyric video for the margarita-inspired song “Limes” that features YouTube ‘star’ Annoying Orange.

Moonshine in the Trunk hits stores and digital outlets Aug. 25.

Moonshine in the Trunk track list:

01. Crushin’ It
02. River Bank
03. Perfect Storm
04. High Life
05. Moonshine in the Trunk
06. Shattered Glass
07. Limes
08. You Shouldn’t Have To
09. 4WP (feat. Brad Paisley)
10. Cover Girl
11. Gone Green
12. JFK 1962
13. American Flag on the Moon
14. Country Nation

Brad Paisley Moonshine in the Truck album cover(Courtesy Sony Music Nashville)

Brad Paisley Country Nation U.S. Tour Dates

Aug. 23 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Boulevard Pool – Mophie Stage at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Sept. 4 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheatre
Sept. 5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sept. 6 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 18 – Virginia Beach, VA @ VA Farm Bureau
Sept. 19 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Sept. 20 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

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