Brad Paisley, This Is Country Music

When an artist is bold enough to title a song "This Is Country Music," it better live up to it, and Paisley's latest single does just that. Paisley debuted this title track from his new album, due April 19, during the Country Music Assn. Awards in November and received a standing ovation. Penned by Paisley and frequent collaborator Chris DuBois, the lyrics capture a genre that often gives a voice to the hopes and concerns of the common man. The CMA's reigning entertainer of the year urges his listeners to "turn it up and sing along" as he sings a love song to his format. As an ace guitarist who turns in a heartfelt performance on "This Is Country Music," Paisley demonstrates why he has become the industry's torchbearer.