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Mud on the Tires
Genres: Country, Pop
When Brad Paisley sings, as he does on the lead single "Celebrity," "No matter what you do, people think you're cool just 'cuz you're on TV," he ratifies his status as a formidable voice in modern yet accessible and tradit... more »
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When Brad Paisley sings, as he does on the lead single "Celebrity," "No matter what you do, people think you're cool just 'cuz you're on TV," he ratifies his status as a formidable voice in modern yet accessible and traditional country music. "That's Love" and "Is It Raining at Your House" offer romance freed of hazy metaphor or greeting-card slogans. There's a miniature morality play, "The Cigar Song," and the obligatory closing gospel chestnut ("Farther Along"). The guest shots--by contemporary stars Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, and veterans Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Little Jimmy Dickens--are pleasant but hardly necessary, since Paisley's good musical sense abounds. He also revives a long-vanished tradition: the featured sideman. As Chet Atkins once played for the Carter Sisters and Don Rich picked behind Buck Owens, Paisley spotlights the amazing guitarist, Merle Haggard alumnus Redd Volkaert, letting him loose on "Spaghetti Western Swing." Paisley himself flies free on the extended country-jazz jam in the middle of "Make a Mistake with Me." With wit, heart, and unyielding devotion to the earthy, Paisley follows his 2001 gem, Part II, with an even more compelling album that should set a new standard. --Rich Kienzle
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Jim P. (Guitarmusiclover11) from BRUCE, WI
Reviewed on 7/8/2011...
I find Brad Paisley to be a refreshing younger country artist.
Bear in mind that I am a Merle Haggard fan and don't care for much of the new country that reminds me more of 70s pop music than country.
The thing I really appreciate about Brad Paisley is that he has more than a great voice.
He's also a skilled guitar player, and on a Telecaster! He doesn't really have a trademark sound either. He has a versatility that makes him special in music.
While the title track gets a lot of air play yet today, I like "Celebrity" a bit more. The lyrics hook you.
There is a strong taste of traditional country on this cd. The traditional country instruments blend well with Paisley's nostalgic Telecaster licks.
An instrumental "Make A Mistake With Me"(track 13) is an example.
This album has staying power as evidenced by the popularity of "Mud On The Tires" and it's frequent airplay 8 years after it's release.
I like it.
Reviewed on 12/27/2010...
The CD has all 17 tracks but the back insert only list 16.
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Susie S. from WOODSTOCK, GA
Reviewed on 7/18/2010...
Brad Paisley had me at his song "Then". The richness of his voice and his way with the guitar is mesmerizing. This album has so many songs that are top notch. The theme song and then Whiskey Lullaby with Allison Kraus makes this a great Brad Paisley CD to add to your collection.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nancy G. (Zelda777) from LOUISVILLE, KY
Reviewed on 12/15/2009...
This is an excellent album for Brad. It highlights his great voice, and guitar playing and harmonizing with Allison Krauss is worth getting this CD. No wonder he's one of the top country voices today.
Brad Paisley Is A Genius
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 02/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't throw out labels like "genius" often, but Brad Paisley must be one, because he has managed to remain rather traditional AND successful at the same time in a "country" music world mired by pop starlets like Faith Hill and Martina McBride and "hardcore" oafs like Big and Rich. While most country radio these days spin plasticized country like Rascal Flatts, they cannot ignore the drawing power of Brad Paisley.
His "Mud On The Tires" album stands squarely in the way of modern country music. The title song is great. "Celebrity" takes a stab at Hollywood's latest "get famous quick" fad. Immediately following that, "Ain't Nothin' Like" shows us all what really matters in the world today. Songs like "That's Love" and "Famous People" make us laugh and shake our heads and say "how true" everytime that we hear them. Paisley introduces the modern country fan to real legends like George Jones, Little Jimmie Dickens and Bill Anderson as they sit in on the "Spaghetti Western" song. We also get a taste of Redd Volkaert, who I'm sure 95% of modern country fans don't know about, but should. Allison Krauss and Vince Gill also sit in on a couple of the tracks.
Paisley has put together an album that pulls at the heart with songs like "Little Moments" and makes you laugh with tunes like "The Cigar Song." The instruments are played perfectly and the sound is fantastic.
If you miss the standards set by legends like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, get this album or any of Paisley's offerings. If you want great modern "traditional" country, get this album. If you're hung up on who's wearing the tightest skirt or the latest Buffett rip-off from guys like Kenny Chesney, stay away from this, because you wouldn't know a real star from a poser if they fell on you."
The best that country has to offer
Dave | from Gondor | 02/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a huge fan of "loved and left" country songs, or drinking yourself silly songs that seem to be commonplace among country music. My preferences might be met with protests of "but that's the heart and soul of country!" but I still say there's plenty of positive that is worth listening to. Brad Paisley's Mud on the Tires contains just the kinds of songs someone like me enjoys, with one or two exceptions. Brad's plain and simple, enjoyable, entertaining and laid-back style of singing mixed with light and happy tunes of the simple joys and hurts of life make it one of my favorite country albums.
Brad opens the album with the title track, "Mud on the Tires," which is a great summer song wherein the singer invites the love of his life to go for a ride in his brand new truck. It's just an awesome song that -- for me -- evokes memories of inviting summer evenings outdoors, the smell of freshly-mowed grass, crickets and birds singing in the background, and the sky turning darker shades of blue. Considering that the song was released as Brad's new single in WINTER, it shows how cool the song is.
Perhaps one of the funniest and cleverest songs in all of country music is Brad's "Celebrity," where he sings of all the benefits of being a celebrity, like being able to sue his dad, and dating supermodels, and wrecking Ferraris on his way to rehab, taking a little here and a little there from current culture. A rip-raring riot. Even if you don't like country music.
I can almost taste the catfish when Brad sings of simple pleasures in life in "Ain't Nothing Like."
Perhaps one of the best songs about affection for a spouse has to be "Little Moments," mixing and weaving the realest of life's quirky moments around what still remains true; the love that a couple shares. How good is this song? Let's put it this way. My sister found the song irresistible, and that's saying a lot. (If you ever want to hook someone on country music, use Celebrity and Little Moments)
These first four or five are my absolute favorites not only of the album, but out of country music altogether. The rest are more simple life songs, except the rather dreary Whiskey Lullaby, wherein he and Alison Krauss sing of an alcohol-ridden couple who eventually kill themselves one after the other after drowning their life sorrows in whiskey. In a more humorous style, he also sings about his love for fine cigars, which he can't afford, until he insures them and files a claim because, through a series of small fires, they were destroyed. :-)
From my perspective, the cream of the crop in country music comes from Paisley, and if you like country music in any form, or if you have more discriminating tastes, or even if you aren't particularly a fan of country music, you're certain to find plenty of hits worth listening to several times on this CD."