"There's a last time for everything," Brad Paisley avows on his new single, in which he details pivotal life moments, including "wearing a tux in a high school gym and she's wearing your class ring" and playing catch with the "first dog you ever had." They are unlikely to ever happen again, or, at the very least, they will see an unforeseen end before you know it. "Last call, last chance, last song, last dance, sometimes you just don't know when that's gonna be," Paisley preaches on the hook. The song officially impacts country radio April 24.
He also reminisces about such influential music figures as The Eagles' Glenn Frey, Prince and Little Jimmy Dickens. Paisley co-wrote the track with Smith Ahnquist, Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois and Mike Ryan. It is lifted from his forthcoming new album, Love and War, out April 21 on Sony Nashville. In a new interview with Billboard, Paisley discussed the inspiration behind his new album. “Our government blew an opportunity to give our veterans the medical attention and appreciation they deserve. I had the idea to write with John Fogerty, the voice of that generation of Vietnam veterans. He said ‘Love and War’ was his first co-write. I felt the pressure," he said about the title cut.
Paisley previously explained how the album's powerful title came to be. “There is a woman, a soldier, serving who, while I am feverishly trying to get this record done. She’s using the first single ['Today'] off of it for the exact purpose I recorded that song, which is [to] ‘hang on to those memories that get you through the rough times. I wrote her back and said that ‘as she’s writing the email, I’m mixing the album, and I turned it into my record label today and it’s called ‘Love and War,’ serendipitously, it seems you have reminded me why I do what I do, as well.’ I’m gonna work out meeting her somewhere out there when she gets back. I hope she stays safe.”
Elsewhere, Paisley enlists Timbaland for "Grey Goose Chase." He told Billboard, too, how that came together. “His instinct was that making hip-hop would be wrong in every way for me. So where do we gel best? He said, ‘Country and hip-hop come together in bluegrass,’ since it’s all about the rhythm. So in the studio, Timbaland’s beating on a banjo with a pair of brushes, and it sounds like a jug band."
Last month, the album's lead single "Today" became Paisley's 24th No. 1 hit of his career.
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