Mud on the Tires

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
There's no question that Mud on the Tires will follow Brad Paisley's previous two albums straight to multi-platinum success. Nearly every one of its 17 radio-ready tracks could be a hit -- but not at the expense of content. Like those on his previous discs, the songs populating Mud on the Tires are linked by themes such as traditional small-town values and the nuances of relationships. The wry, half-spoken, half-sung observations about being a big fish in a small pond on the churning "Famous People" are a delightful send-up of Tinsel Town superficiality; similarly, the scabrous "Celebrity" balances a country beat driven by fiddle, acoustic guitar, and pounding drums with...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
There's no question that Mud on the Tires will follow Brad Paisley's previous two albums straight to multi-platinum success. Nearly every one of its 17 radio-ready tracks could be a hit -- but not at the expense of content. Like those on his previous discs, the songs populating Mud on the Tires are linked by themes such as traditional small-town values and the nuances of relationships. The wry, half-spoken, half-sung observations about being a big fish in a small pond on the churning "Famous People" are a delightful send-up of Tinsel Town superficiality; similarly, the scabrous "Celebrity" balances a country beat driven by fiddle, acoustic guitar, and pounding drums with lyrics that put the torch to the rich, famous, and irresponsible "When you're a celebrity / It's adios reality". On the tender side, the lilting "Little Moments" finds Paisley exulting in the small gestures that endear lovers to each other, while the gentle "Somebody Knows You Now" is Paisley's truest love ballad to date. Alison Krauss lends an eerie, fragile vocal presence to the alcohol-drenched heartbreaker "Whiskey Lullaby," and Vince Gill shows up as well, on the jubilant western swing workout "Hold Me in Your Arms And Let Me Fall," and the powerful traditional gospel number "Farther Along." Paisley tears off several pungent guitar solos on the album, his sure, fleet-fingered style shown to best effect on the instrumental "Make a Mistake with Me," where he works the entire neck for all it's worth. Taking nothing for granted, Brad Paisley makes good on the twin promises of country tradition and contemporary sensibility. This disc, as they say, has wheels.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since 1999, Brad Paisley has been touted by some critics and fans as new traditionalist country's great hope. Blessed with good looks, good taste, and a nice twang in his voice, Paisley could have gone pure country-pop but decided to stick fairly close to his roots and play a nice amalgam of honky tonk, Western swing, and pop. It was straight out of the George Strait handbook, but it was nicely done on his first two records, particularly compared to a crop of new artists who seemed anxious to gun for the big hit. Paisley never seemed that desperate for chart success; he took it easy, so any sales seemed to be the side effect of his easygoing charm. That, along with his exceptional taste, garnered critical favor and a nice, dedicated base of fans, but his third album, 2003's Mud on the Tires, is where some cracks in the facade are revealed. It's not that it's a bad album, because it isn't. Far from it, actually -- it's a really good record, boasting a set of songs that are arguably his most consistent and illustrating Paisley's capable grasp on a wide variety of styles and sounds, from honky tonk and Western swing to plaintive bluegrass, country-folk, and even country-pop novelties. These are all the things that have made Paisley such a hot commodity among those listeners who prize traditionalism in country music which, let's face it, most country fans do. With his crackerjack band, featuring guitarist Redd Volkaert and bassist Kevin "Swine" Grantt, he sounds good, reverent, and muscular, recalling classic country in a way that will be appealing to most listeners, whether they prefer George Jones or George Strait. No, the cracks in the facade do not lie in the sound of the music -- it's in the feel and flavor of the music. Brad Paisley suffers from a near-terminal cutesiness that undercuts his music, making even good moments seem a little affected. And this cutesiness just flows from every other song on the record. There's the hit single "Celebrity," where he "skewers" celebrity hijinks in a way that suggests nothing but the "wacky" video that's sure to accompany it. There's "Ain't Nothin' Like," a paean to simple pleasures boasting one of the shrillest kid's chorus ever committed to tape. Then, there's "Spaghetti Western Swing," primarily a showcase for Volkaert, but burdened with an awful mock radio play written by Paisley and performed by George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Bill Anderson. There are the homespun "truths" on "That's Love" as in, "That ain't a lie/That's love" that operate on the same level as Tracy Byrd's "The Truth About Men," only without the conviction to be truly silly. The Byrd comparison is a good one -- Paisley has more musical muscle and a better band than Byrd, but he lacks the spirit; he seems to be putting on a show, and that affectation keeps his music from digging as deep as it should. On the surface, Mud on the Tires is a fine, satisfying listen, but to truly live up to the mantle that's been bestowed upon him, Paisley had better start adding substance to his admittedly fetching style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765060523
  • Catalog Number: 50605
  • Sales rank: 29,447

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brad Paisley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Voices, 12-string Guitar, 6-string bass, Guitar (Baritone)
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Viola
Eric Darken Percussion, Hand Clapping
Dan Aykroyd Background Vocals
Ron Block Banjo
Neal Cappellino Background Vocals
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Kevin Grantt Bass, Upright Bass
Randy Hardison Drums
Gordon Mote Hammond Organ
Steve Short Background Vocals
Dan Tyminski Background Vocals
Redd Volkaert Electric Guitar
Jim Belushi Background Vocals
Brian David Willis Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Bernie Herms Piano, Hammond Organ
Kenny Lewis Bass, Background Vocals
Wynn Varble Finger Snapping
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Randle Currie Steel Guitar, pedabro
Frank Rogers Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Don Sampson Human Whistle, Finger Snapping
Justin Williamson Fiddle
Georgia Claire Varble Children's Chorus
Jim "Moose" Brown Hammond Organ
Ben Sesar Drums
Maddie Sampson Children's Chorus
Emma Sampson Children's Chorus
Jessica Rogers Finger Snapping
Valerie Pringle Background Vocals
Darrell Hayes Finger Snapping
Gary Hooker Electric Guitar
Morgane Hayes Finger Snapping
Charles McCallie Children's Chorus
Manny Rogers Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
Alison Krauss Contributor
Bill Anderson Composer
Vern Gosdin Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Neal Cappellino Engineer, Digital Editing
Hank Cochran Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Kevin Grantt Composer, Tic Tac
Brian David Willis Engineer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Jon Randall Composer
Kendall Marcy Engineer
Ronnie Thomas Digital Editing
Jerry Salley Composer
Lori Turk grooming
Adam Hatley Digital Editing
Kelley Lovelace Composer
Wynn Varble Composer
Richard Barrow Engineer, Digital Editing
Brad Paisley Composer, Tic Tac
Traditional Composer
Chris Wallin Composer
Frank Rogers Composer, Producer, Digital Editing
Don Sampson Composer
Courtney Bentz grooming
"Loopy Dave" Willis Digital Editing
Astrid Herbold May Art Direction
Gary Hooker Tic Tac
Christophe Dubois Composer
Las Corraleras de Lebrija Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good work

    They should play more of these on the radio. Good stuff

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cd is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

    I was never a big country music fan , infact I hated country music but then my sister made me listen to it all the time and now I love it. This cd was one of my very first country cds it may have even been my first one but I love this cd and its incredible I dont care to much for wiskey lullaby but I think thats because it's a sad song but the rest of the cd is great and his good looks are a big plus! I really like the song Ain't nothin' like its a really cute song and describes country life perfectly I also like the Spagehti western swin its a very nice touch and i can't wait to get his new cd and listen to the second part of it! So mr. Paisley if you ever read this you're doing a great job and I love your music. By the way your wife is a very good actress I like Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride part 2 i like the 2nd one better but they're both very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU JUST CAN'T GET ANY BETTER !!

    Once again Brad Paisley delivers what he does best. There is not one bad song on the whole CD. I love the way he gives you a bit of all types of country music. He has a way of singing the lyrics in such a manner as to paint a picture of the song.. I just love his voice. Great, Great, Great A+++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No doubt, the most complete country musician out there!!

    Standard Brad here... Just more of him. There is no question he has the pulse of his fans. This work finally allows everyone to see him for who he is. As always his guitar is dazzling, the title track will be one of those you'll be singing for years to come. I was especially impressed with the ballads on this one. The range of his vocals just keeps getting better. Two words, Whiskey Lullaby, while it will not likely get released his ability to blend with Allison Krauss was perfect. Mud on The Tires is just what the country world needed!!!

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