OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley’s Hillbilly Shoes

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“Deep down, I’m just a West Virginia hillbilly,” Brad Paisley says in this month’s Redbook. “In Nashville, I track my muddy shoes into the house, watch NASCAR and ask her when the bacon’s done.” I’m sure he’s exaggerating, but he talks pretty openly about how life with him has been a learning curve for his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Then again, he also says that there is no more important decision in life than who you marry. He says it determines your happiness, your fate and more. “With Kim I realized that if I ever let her go, not only could I never do any better, but I would always regret it. So I had to marry her. I had no choice,” he said. Sounds like a country song. In fact, it sounds like one from Paisley’s new album, “Love Her Like She’s Leavin’.” He also says he can’t live without Kona coffee, he doesn’t make his bed and that “Any Man of Mine” is his favorite Shania Twain song.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.