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Brad Paisley Reveals Working Title for Upcoming Album

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Brad Paisley debuted his brand-new single, ‘River Bank,’ from his upcoming album, at the ACM Awards last week. And while the singer hasn’t shared many details about the new set of tunes, he now reveals that he may have a title for his latest project.

The West Virginia native says ‘Thoughts From a Bumpkin’ is his working title for the record. “Looking at the world through the eyes of a country singer is an interesting thing,” he explains to Nashville’s Tennessean. “It should be easy to like.”

Paisley grew up close to the Ohio River, and says that his childhood memories of playing in the water still affect his music.

“I’ve called myself, for years, a river rat,” he notes. “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.”

The 41-year-old says ‘River Bank’ became the inspiration for the rest of the songs on the album.

“I was trying to figure out where to go from here, what to write and what felt like what I wanted to do,” he adds. “There’s a groove that feels like that and I think we grabbed that groove when we made this track and, more than that, there’s a mindset that I am completely ready for after this winter.”

Paisley wrote the remainder of the songs in three months, and is now in the process of recording in his home studio, with the help of veteran producer Luke Wooten. But the usual teetotaler admits he also had the help of another addition in his studio — a brand-new bar.

“I was thinking, ‘This is probably a mistake,’” he admits. “And, it ended up being fantastic. We have just camped out and cut music and it’s really fun. It’s all sort of been in the name of what I was writing and to capture the vibe of this perspective of mine. The first single is a little taste, but there’s a lot of other stuff.”

Download ‘River Bank’ here.

Next: The Top 10 Brad Paisley Songs

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