Though he wasn’t present for the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Brad Paisley was one of the big winners of the evening as he picked up this year’s Male Vocalist of the Year award, shared the Vocal Event of the Year with Aussie Keith Urban for their duet “Start a Band” and Best Video of the Year for “Waitin’ on a Woman.” Accepting the awards via satellite in his home while he waited for the birth of his second child with actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who was due the night of the awards, Paisley gave a brief speech, understandably, as other things were on his mind. “[Kimberly] is doing fine,” Paisley told reporters through the teleconference on Sunday. “Believe it or not, April 5 was our due date.”
The country music vet is currently on a break from his fall/summer tour that began last summer and supported Play, the album that features his duet with Urban and the single “Cluster Puck.” The first set, which finished up in the beginning of March was deemed “Paisley Party” and began last summer and brought along Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker and Crystal Shawanda. The album is an instrumental affair as Paisley picks up with BB King, Urban, Steve Wariner and the late Buck Owens and had Brad Paisley tickets selling more than 750,000. During his promotional avenue, Paisley said via his website, “If there’s any part of my image or my artistry that goes unnoticed at this point, it may be the guitar playing side. I’ve had people [recently] say, ‘I had no idea that you could play guitar like that.’ And I’m thinking that the quickest way to say that is to do a largely instrumental project.”
He plans on following up Play with American Saturday Night is the next trek and will hit nearly 40 North American cities in the States and Canada, beginning June 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The album is set for release June 30th and has only seen the digital release of “Then,” which first premiered early March for a select few in the industry in Nashville for the annual Country Radio Seminar. Critics reviewed the song, saying “It’s quite possible the best song he’s ever done, and that’s saying a lot,” from WSOC Charlotte PD DJ Stout.
Paisley works again with longtime producer Frank Rogers who has been with Paisley since his debut, and as always, ever faithful to fans, he posted a quick blog, video and short track mix of their first few tracking in the studio. Posted February 21st, he says “We started back in the studio a few weeks ago….just the bare bones of my band in the studio. You’re hearing what’s on a CD that goes home with me the night after I record tracks. You won’t be able to tell much from it, but eventually when the record comes out this summer you’ll say, oh, okay, that’s where that went. My goal is to keep posting you things as much as I can, and keep teasing you till it all gets released. By the way, don’t tell anybody I did this, I could get in trouble with the label.” If you want to see the reigning Male Vocalist of the Year “play” his new “American night” tracks this year, going online is your best chance to do it.