By Kurt Wolff
Brad Paisley just might “Beat This Summer” after all. His previous album Wheelhouse is barely a year old, but today, the veteran country artist announced that he’ll have a brand-new album ready for release while the weather’s still warm. The as-yet-untitled project will hit stores on August 26.
Paisley’s new album may not have a name yet, but fans have already gotten a taste of what’s to come. Paisley’s latest single “River Bank,” which he debuted on the ACM Awards last month, is the album’s lead single. “River Bank” was written by Paisley and his longtime cowriter Kelley Lovelace.
“River Bank” is a good-time song about winning ten bucks from a lotto ticket and investing it in a bank…of sorts. The song’s protagonist takes the cash, buys some beer and then heads to the ‘river bank’ with a friend to enjoy the fruits of his investment. From there, the lyrics meander from dreams of striking it rich (and telling off the boss) to realizing that life’s not so bad as it is right now. “We’re laughing all the way to the river bank,” Paisley sings.
“I’ve called myself, for years, a river rat,” Paisley told the Nashville Tennessean recently. “My best memories with my grandfather are on that body of water, and my dad and learning to ski. It’s kind of like a back-to-basics song, which is really an inner tube and a boat and you’ve got a theme park.”
Paisley went on to say that he wrote the album in three months and has been recording it with coproducer Luke Wooten. It includes “some of the best songs I’ve ever hooked,” he said.