Brad Paisley has been holed up in the Castle Recording Studio outside Nashville cutting material for his much anticipated sophomore album. He told country.com he’s already recorded 10 new songs, among them a new Bill Anderson tune, “Too Country.” “I heard him do it at a writer’s night,” Paisley said. “I went up to him and said, ’Can I have a tape of that? I’d like to start singing that.'” In the same spirit of the George Strait-Alan Jackson duet “Murder on Music Row,” Anderson’s “Too Country” comments on the current pop bent of country radio.
“It’s a pretty powerful statement,” Paisley said. “I’m really glad we’ve done it. I don’t know who else will like it, but I did.” Paisley, whose traditional sound has garnered four ACM award nominations and four TNN Music Award nods, has already road tested the tune for audiences. He added it to his set list when he opened for Alan Jackson late last year. “They got it,” he said of the crowd’s response. Paisley plans to cut three more songs this summer, but the follow-up to Who Needs Pictures won’t be released until early next year.