American Saturday Night

American Saturday Night

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by Brad Paisley
     
 

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Don't blame Brad Paisley if the one-liners and joke songs are a bit thinner on the ground on American Saturday Night. Like a certain ex-president who abstained from golf during wartime, the country superstar felt that with the economy in free-fall, two wars raging, and a crisis in healthcare, it just wasn't the time to be checking anybody for ticks. (Well, as aSee more details below

Overview

Don't blame Brad Paisley if the one-liners and joke songs are a bit thinner on the ground on American Saturday Night. Like a certain ex-president who abstained from golf during wartime, the country superstar felt that with the economy in free-fall, two wars raging, and a crisis in healthcare, it just wasn't the time to be checking anybody for ticks. (Well, as a healthcare initiative, that might just have legs...) So after a diverting instrumental set, now comes Paisley's turn as a more serious songwriter. Sure, Paisley albums have always come stocked with a tear-jerker or two, but Saturday Night makes a study of whistful melancholy on songs such as "Then" and "Water," and strikes a chord for the ages on "Welcome to the Future," which is possibly the most Obama-friendly song ever played on country radio. Fortunately for Nashville, there's a good dose of bipartisan patriotism with the title track, and a signature he-said / she-said riff on "The Pants," showing that even on weekends, it's all in a day's work for Brad Paisley.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
An American Saturday Night is not an unusual topic for a country song, but Brad Paisley's celebration is. Paisley sees a typical weekend night as a cultural collision of French kisses, Italian Ices, Canadian bacon, and margaritas, a place where Mexican and Dutch beers chill side by side in a bucket of ice. If he leans too heavily on labels, referring to those beers by brand name, it's merely a reflection of Paisley's uncanny knack for capturing the casual contemporary details of American life at the tail-end of the 2000s. It's not just the pile up of iPhones and international video chats on "Welcome to the Future," the first country anthem of the Obama era, it's how he'll pick up prescription for his girl and flips macho stereotypes on their head on "The Pants." He's a thoroughly modern man and that attitude helps invigorate his traditional country, a sensibility that's welcome on American Saturday Night, which veers toward the mellow despite its rollicking title track or the breakneck "Catch all the Fish" and the odd burst incongruous gurgling synth. On the whole, American Saturday Night is one of his dreamier albums, filled with swaying slow dances, sweet love tunes, and the occasional brokenhearted blues, all delivered with a worn-in ease. Paisley prevents things from getting too relaxed by juxtaposing his every-guy vocals with spitfire guitar, something that gooses even the sleepiest tempos, just like how he spikes his party tunes with sly humor. He never lets things get too serious or too maudlin, he cracks jokes at himself and his friends, he lets everybody into his Saturday night party, because he knows that what makes an American party -- and what makes America -- is how all the best things wash up on the U.S. shores.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0886974735229
catalogNumber:
5003289
Rank:
93965

Tracks

  1. American Saturday Night  - Brad Paisley
  2. Everybody's Here  - Brad Paisley
  3. Welcome to the Future  - Brad Paisley
  4. Then  - Brad Paisley
  5. Water  - Brad Paisley
  6. She's Her Own Woman  - Brad Paisley
  7. Welcome to the Future (Reprise)  - Brad Paisley
  8. Anything Like Me  - Brad Paisley
  9. You Do the Math  - Brad Paisley
  10. No  - Brad Paisley
  11. Catch All the Fish  - Brad Paisley
  12. Oh Yeah, You're Gone  - Brad Paisley
  13. The Pants  - Brad Paisley
  14. I Hope That's Me  - Brad Paisley
  15. [Untitled]  - Brad Paisley

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brad Paisley   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Robben Ford   Electric Guitar
Tim Owens   Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Neal Cappellino   Piano
Kevin Grantt   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards
Kendall Marcy   Banjo,Keyboards,Vocals
Kenny Lewis   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Mandolin
Scott Reeves   Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Robert Arthur   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Randle Currie   Steel Guitar
Frank Rogers   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Tim "Ripper" Owens   Vocals
Justin Williamson   Fiddle
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Ben Sesar   Drums,Vocals
Valerie Pringle   Vocals
Gary Hooker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Scott Reeves   Vocals
David Willis   Drums
Dramamine Kings   Vocals
Tracie Hamilton   Vocals
Huck Paisley   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Emily Reeves   Vocals
Missy Reeves   Vocals
Valerie Pringle   Vocals
Dramamine Kings   Vocals
Missy Reeves   Vocals
Randel Currie   Steel Guitar
Mike Johnson   Dobro

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Robben Ford   Composer
Tim Owens   Composer
Neal Cappellino   overdub engineer
Jody Harris   Composer
John Paterno   overdub engineer
Brian David Willis   Engineer
Jason Lehning   overdub engineer
Jon Randall   Composer
Kenny Lewis   Composer
Mellissa Schleicher   grooming
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Robert Arthur   Composer
Brad Paisley   Composer,Cover Design
Frank Rogers   Audio Production
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering,Remastering
Chris DeBois   Composer,Audio Production

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