Brad Paisley shared the first four songs from his new album with Universal Music Group Nashville on Friday through a collaboration with YouTube.
"Son Of The Mountains: The First Four Tracks" is available now and includes previously released songs "Same Here" featuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and "So Many Summers" in addition to the new "Son Of The Mountains" and "The Medicine Will." The complete album is expected in early 2024.
Paisley wanted fans to hear these four songs in this specific sequencing to convey the trek he traversed in writing the music for the upcoming album. A
Paisley, who grew up in West Virginia, said the collection "doesn't shy away from reflecting real life and real situations going on in America and in our world today. This is what I think country music is about, which is truth."
"Son Of The Mountains" and "The Medicine Will" reflect the Appalachian region, including Paisley's native West Virginia. The poignant videos, directed by Jim Shea and edited by Paisley, encapsulate the sentiment of each song. "Son Of The Mountains" features iconic players Dan Tyminski and Jerry Douglas and includes the geographic wonders of Paisley's home state. "The Medicine Will" highlights the opioid epidemic and was shot in black and white in a coal mine, featuring the true stories of addicts, survivors and first responders.
"It's broken it," Paisley said of how his heart felt after seeing the condition of the people in his native West Virginia. "But every time your heart breaks, it gets a little stronger, too. You learn from it. Seeing that where I'm from, seeing that state and that situation, these people. It breaks your heart because you see what they've been through, and you see that they are fighting for their very survival."