Latin Conference & Awards

Mud on the Tires

In the third installment of what's already shaping up as a remarkably consistent and imaginative recording career, Brad Paisley again sets the standard of what modern traditional country can be.

In the third installment of what's already shaping up as a remarkably consistent and imaginative recording career, Brad Paisley again sets the standard of what modern traditional country can be. The title track is bigger than just an ode to a new truck, and superbly written tunes like "Little Moments," the bluesy "That's Love" and country gold "Hold Me in Your Arms (And Let Me Fall)" are pure romance. "Whiskey Lullaby" with Alison Krauss is sheer perfection, and a cover of Vern Gosdin's "Is It Raining at Your House" nearly captures Gosdin's abject forlornness. Paisley is a formidable picker (check out instrumentals "Make a Mistake" and "Spaghetti Western Swing") and a top-shelf songwriter, but his ace in the hole is his humor, hugely evident on the deadly accurate "Celebrity" and smartly rendered "Cigar Song." This guy is a monster talent, and "Mud on the Tires" is hall of fame material.—RW