Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley React After ‘Freedom Was A Highway’ Hits No.1

Country hitmakers Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley are the kings of the country radio charts this week as their hit…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 15, 2022

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Jimmie Allen And Brad Paisley; Photo Courtesy of CBS

Country hitmakers Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley are the kings of the country radio charts this week as their hit collaboration, “Freedom Was A Highway,” reached the No.1 spot at country radio. 

The song tops both the Billboard and Mediabase charts, becoming Allen’s third career No.1 and Paisley’s 25th.

The artists took to social media to react to the chart news on Monday (Feb. 14). 


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“Yo @bradpaisley this song was a fun one. I appreciate you doing this song with me and giving it that BP Swag,” Allen shared. “Thank you to country radio for supporting this song. Thanks to my co-writers Ash Bowers and @mtthwrgrs for writing this song with me. My radio team at Stoney Creek (@bbrmusicgroup are some of the hardest workers out there that always fight for my songs, thank y’all for that. Shout out to my band and crew for bringing this song to life every show. To all the people that have requested this song, bought and streamed it thank you!!!!” 

“Honored to ride shotgun with you @jimmieallen,” Paisley wrote. “I’ll be the Sally Fields to your Burt Reynolds anytime.” 


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“Freedom Was A Highway” is featured on Allen’s 2021 star-studded release, Bettie James Gold Edition. The feel-good tune was co-written by Allen, Ash Bowers and Matt Rogers and finds the pair looking back on the carefree days of summer when they had no worries or responsibilities.

“When the town was the whole world/ And love was the girl next door/ Soundtrack was a song in the dark/ I miss those days when our dreams/ Were there for chasin’/ But time was better wasted/ We were summer young and livin’ for a Friday/ And freedom was a highway,” Allen and Paisley sing on the chorus. 

Click below to re-live the “Freedom Was A Highway” music video. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.