Brad Paisley Highlights Beautiful and Painful Stories of Appalachia On Preview Of ‘Son of the Mountains’ Album
“This is what I think country music is about, which is truth,” Paisley states.
Brad Paisley; Photo by Jim Shea
Brad Paisley is giving fans a taste of what’s to come on his Son of the Mountains album with the release of two brand-new songs and music videos.
On Friday (September 29), the 14-time CMA Award-winning artist released the first few songs off of his forthcoming album, Son Of The Mountains, as a four-track EP, Son Of The Mountains: The First Four Tracks, ultimately combining both previously released and new songs to tell a specific story.
The stories he tells highlight the ups and downs of of the Appalachian region where he grew up. “Go back home with me. This Friday, Son of the Mountains: The First Four Tracks… and first two videos. Pre-save at the link in bio,” the country crooner shared via Instagram last week, preparing country music lovers across the globe for the new music he had in the queue.
The First Four Tracks
The West Virginia native released Son of the Mountains: The First Four Tracks as a cohesive project, because he wanted fans to listen to the four songs in a certain sequence, ultimately painting the journey involved in writing the music for the forthcoming project.
Beginning with new songs titled “Son Of The Mountains” and “The Medicine Will” and concluding with previously released songs titled “So Many Summers” and “Same Here (featuring the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky),” with just one listen, this musical journey is evident.
In a livestream event with both Variety and YouTube this past Friday, the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist not only debuted the two new songs featured on Son of the Mountains: The First Four Tracks, but he also released music videos to coincide with both “Son Of The Mountains” and “The Medicine Will.”
“Son Of The Mountains”
Both tracks represent the Appalachian region, which includes the talented singer-songwriter’s home state of West Virginia, with the respective music videos encapsulating the sentiment of each song. “Son Of The Mountains” includes the picturesque landscapes of said region, while “The Medicine Will” focuses on the opioid crisis, adding an element of contrast to the project itself.
The music video for “The Medicine Will” was shot in black and white and in the depths of a coal mine, opening with testimonials from addicts, survivors, first responders and more. Given that the 50-year-old was able to make a life for himself beyond his home state, the country music superstar continuously uses his platform for good, bringing awareness to the opioid crisis all while paying homage to where he grew up.
“The Medicine Will”
As mentioned previously, “Son Of The Mountains,” “The Medicine Will,” “So Many Summers” and “Same Here” are just a glimpse into the entirety of Son Of The Mountains, which is set to hit all music streaming platforms in early 2024.
According to the 15-time ACM Award-winning artist himself, Son Of The Mountains “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,” and fans seriously cannot contain their excitement for what the rest of the project has in store.
This upcoming project marks Pailsey’s first with his new label home, EMI Records Nashville, which falls within the Universal Music Group umbrella.
Melanie has been writing for Country Now since August of 2023. Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, she graduated from Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in 2023 with a BA in Journalism. During her free time, she loves going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite TV shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).