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Brad Paisley Talks Controversy & “Nashville” with ‘Parade’

Brad Paisley Parade Cover

Brad Paisley, featured in this Sunday’s Parade, occupies a rarefied position: He’s a country superstar who writes wry songs about picking up girls (the 2007 smash “Ticks”) but also thoughtful lyrics on headier topics. On his new album, Wheelhouse (due April 9), he makes his most controversial statements yet.

“Those Crazy Christians” is just one song on the album that deals with a potentially controversial subject matter…

“This is what I would consider a gospel song,the most important one I’ve ever done. … I wrote it shortly after my cousin-in-law passed away in 2011. … To play the part of the skeptic … is a much more powerful argument to me—in favor of [belief] as well as looking at things that are baffling,” Brad tells Parade.

Brad met his wife, Kimberly Williams, when he cast her in his music video for “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song).” Together, the two have two young sons. Recently, Kimberly accepted a role on the ABC show, “Nashville,” where she plays the mistress of a country singer’s husband, who also happens to be in politics. However, for Brad, it’s just too close to home. He admits he’s been offered a role on the show, but has no plans of accepting.

“They’ve asked, but it’s a little odd, having Kim on there playing somebody else. … I can’t watch it. It is really good, but it’s disturbing to me, too close to what I do.”

I imagine being on “Nashville” with your wife playing someone other than herself would be a little ‘Twilight-Zonish.’

Read more from Brad in this Sunday’s ‘Parade.’

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