OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley’s in the Zone With Preachers and Biscuits

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Eighty-five radio stations added Brad Paisley’s new tune “Southern Comfort Zone” to their playlists last week. That’s a lot. Which means I get to hear it on the radio. A lot. And here is why I love it, and why I think country radio is crazy about it: choirs, preachers, biscuits, gravy, Eddie Stubbs, the rhyming of cotton and shockin’ and something called a four-string thump. (I also love what it’s not about: the Southern Comfort whiskey blend. I don’t know why I always assume that if there is a boozy brand name in the title of a song, it is about that booze. It happened with Jason Aldean’s “Night Train,” too, which is also not about the booze of the same name.) What Paisley loves about the song, he told The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville , is basically that he loves the South. “It’s very comfortable, and we all feel so at home there. It’s not until you see the world that you learn to appreciate that. I’m encouraging people to take a look around. There’s some great places around the world that will expand your mind and also make you love this Southern comfort zone,” he said.