For Brad Paisley, “Water” Took on New Meaning After 2010 Flood

He lost equipment three weeks before touring

A decade ago, Brad Paisley pooled his resources and saturated country radio with “Water,” which spent two weeks at No. 1 in July 2010. That same month Paisley played a show to more than 65,000 people — on 7000 boats — for the AquaPalooza 2010 Signature Event on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.

While the moist motif also served as an inspiration for Paisley’s 2010 tour, its meaning took a dramatic turn when the city of Nashville endured a historic flood the same week the music video was released. Later in the year, he told the press, “It became more than a single or a song on the album. It became the whole year of my life. And then we had the flood. It got way more meaning than I ever really expected it to get or wanted it to get. At the height of it, I was like, ’OK, I’m ready for this to have a little less meaning.’”

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