By Annie Reuter
Brad Paisley knows a thing or two about partying and drinking, as evidenced by such previous singles as “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Alcohol.” So it’s perhaps fitting that the name of his new album is Moonshine In the Trunk.
“At certain times, your career should be a party,” Paisley told Billboard. “It was a lot of fun this time. We built a bar in our studio house, and it was kind of a ‘if you build it, the band will come’ approach.”
Moonshine In the Trunk is produced by Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Nashville). Billboard also reported that for this project, Paisley has been toying around with EDM and dubstep technology.
“When you hear a banjo through stutter edit, it’s the coolest thing you ever heard,” Paisley said. “I have a song that’s a basic love song, it’s got a great groove, and I cut this guitar part that gets distorted when I turn the nob up. I would say to Luke, ‘Oh, that should’ve been done 20 years ago, but they couldn’t.’ The rulebook’s gone, or was there ever one? They try, but I don’t play by it.”
The lead single off the album is the feel-good “River Bank,” which he debuted last month on the ACM Awards just in time for summer.
“I’ve called myself, for years, a river rat,” Paisley told the Tennessean recently of the first single. “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 has also officially announced a full set of dates and cities for his summer 2014 Country Nation World Tour, which kicks off tomorrow (May 16) in Camden, N.J. (see all dates below). Supporting acts on the 2014 tour include Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver.
Brad Paisley’s Country Nation World Tour:
May 16 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, N.J.
May 17 First Niagara Pavilion Pittsburgh, Pa.
May 24 Tree Town Festival Forest City, Iowa*
May 30 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
May 31 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago
June 1 Cricket Wireless Amphitheater Bonner Springs, Kan.
June 12 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, M.D.
June 13 Clays Park Amphitheatre N. Lawrence, Ohio**
June 14 Hunter Mountain Hunter Mountain, N.Y.
June 15 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Bangor, Me.
June 19 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis
June 20 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati
June 27 Marcus Amphitheatre Milwaukee, Wis.*
June 28 Chippewa Valley Country Festival Cadott, Wis.*
July 2 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Toronto, ONT
July 3 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center, N.Y.
July 5 XFINITY Theatre Hartford, Conn.
July 10 Sleep Train Amphitheatre San Diego
July 11 Salinas Sports Complex Salinas, Calif.**
July 12 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, Calif.
July 19 Ravina on the Lakes Peoria, Ill.
July 24 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne, Wy.*
July 26 North Dakota State Fair Minot, N.D.*
August 1 Cape Blanco Country Music Festival Sixes, Ore.
August 2 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, Calif.
August 8 We Fest Detroit Lakes, Minn.
August 14 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta
August 15 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, Fla.
August 16 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, Fla.
August 21 New York State Fair Syracuse, N.Y.
August 22 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, N.J.
August 23 XFINITY Center Boston
September 4 Austin360 Amphitheater Austin, Texas
September 5 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas
September 6 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston
September 18 Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, Va.
September 19 PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte, N.C.
September 20 Jiffy Lube Live Washington, D.C.
*Dates are festivals – include Paisley and multiple other artists
**Randy Houser is not on this date