Inside Brad Paisley’s Liner Notes

When an advance copy of Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk arrived in my mailbox, I didn’t listen to it right away. Nothing against Paisley and his new music. I knew I’d love every track once I got around to playing them. But what I like to do first is see who wrote what and who thanked who.

So for that, there are liner notes.

And if you read them all the way to the very last lines — to the bittersweet end — you’ll see how classy Paisley really is.

“Thanks to Frank Rogers for years of belief and guidance,” Paisley wrote.

Rogers has been producing Paisley albums since 1999 when they made his debut album, Who Needs Pictures? And so on for the next seven albums — from 2001’s Part II to 2011’s This Is Country Music.

In 2013, Paisley self-produced his album Wheelhouse. I liked the music, but maybe he didn’t like being his own boss.

Then for this new album, Paisley produced it with Luke Wooten, who has played a part in the last few Paisley albums and has worked with Dierks Bentley, Kellie Pickler, Toby Keith, Sunny Sweeney and more. But for Paisley to acknowledge Rogers with such genuine gratitude just shows what a good man he is. After 15 years of working together, that seems like it was the right thing to do.

He also thanks his wife and two sons for letting him work from home.

“Special thanks to Kim, Huck and Jasper for enduring yet another home album recording process,” he says, referring to his “Wheelhouse” studio in Franklin, Tenn.

Moonshine in the Trunk is available now — for everyone to hear — and the second single “Perfect Storm” was just released to country radio.

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