OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley’s Farmhouse Sound

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Brad Paisley is recording his next album in a farmhouse. Probably not like a sitting-on-bales-of-hay farmhouse but a place on his Williamson County property that he turned into a studio. And in that farmhouse, Paisley and his band did what he calls “gorilla” recording, where they’d spend all day and all night to get it right, instead of relying on technology to fix everything after the session. “My opinion, lately, has been that making it better [with technology] is sometimes making it worse, because the first guy decided they could use Pro Tools and take a bass guitar and a kick drum and make that an immoveable sort of symphonic unit. Everybody else caught on really quick, and now that’s on every record,” Paisley told The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville . He also calls this new old-school technique a big experiment and said he is leaving his comfort zone. “I had a very dark couple of weeks in the middle of this where I felt like, ’What are we doing here? We’ve lost our minds. We should scrap this and start over with a bunch of pros on Music Row and do everything we’ve normally done.’ But that is not right for me right now.” If anyone in Nashville can make a record that eschews technology, it’s Paisley.