A Real Sneak Peek at Brad Paisley’s New Album

Moonshine in the Trunk Includes a Guest Spot From Carrie Underwood

I’m a little afraid to talk about Brad Paisley’s new album. Can you blame me?

Remember what happened only weeks ago when the superstar decided to leak snippets of the album online without the knowledge or consent of his record label?

In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap: Paisley posts a video online containing samples of tracks from the album. Paisley doesn’t tell his label about it. Label absolutely freaks. Paisley continues to post video like a renegade. Label continues to freak out.

Well, I hate to tell the “suits” (as Paisley calls them), but I had the chance hear the new album in its entirety. And I’m spilling the beans. Sorry, suits!

I can’t help it. I always get excited when Paisley releases a new album because you truly never know what he’s going to do next. Yes, he always stays true to his identity, his brand, but you can guarantee he’s going to push the envelope somehow, some way. And Moonshine in the Trunk is no exception. It’s everything we love about Brad — with a few, new fun bells and whistles.

Let the album’s lead single “River Bank” be your guide. It’s the perfect launching pad and indicator of what you’ll hear on the rest of the record. Great grooves and hooks, lots of energy, loads of nostalgia and a little humor.

I mean, Paisley namechecks both Chick-fil-A and Carrie Underwood on the same song, “High Life.” He even recruits her to sing backup vocals and croon, “That Chick-fil-A has got some good waffle fries.” Hilarious.

Other standout party favorites are “Crushin’ It,” an upbeat ode to getting your mojo back; the cheeky “Limes,” in which Paisley reminds us, “when life gives you limes, make margaritas … “; and of course, the album’s title track, “Moonshine in the Trunk,” which is pretty self-explanatory.

But the album isn’t simply full of party songs. In true Paisley fashion, he peppers the set with the perfect balance of ballads and tender moments, too. “The Perfect Storm,” arguably the standout love song on the project, is a lovely break from the rollicking guitar licks of the other tunes. And though it could be considered a “love song,” the track “Shattered Glass” reaches beyond that formula to become a song to uplift and empower, too.

Paisley fans will be delighted with Moonshine in the Trunk, which something tells me is all the singer ever really wants: happy fans. Now if he can just stay out of trouble until the album is released on Aug. 25.

It’s OK, Brad. I’ll take full responsibility for this “leak.”

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.