Brad Paisley Describes the Charm of Music City
As a city, Nashville has had this meteoric rise that not many residents of the city could have predicted even five short years ago. Brad Paisley has seen the growth and development of the town himself, and he circles it all back to the Southern hospitality of the area and the simple hometown feel wherever one goes.
Music City built skyscrapers and apartment complexes overnight, with a rumored 100 people moving in a day. Thanks to the recent sports phenomenon and trendy food spots around town, visitors from all across the country romanticize the heightened grandeur that Nashville has to offer. Paisley recognizes the movement as the unique appeals that the metropolis offers compared to its other Southern hubs.
“First of all, I meet people all the time that say, ‘I’ve never been and I’m dying to go to Nashville.’ Somehow, we became the bachelorette party capital of the world. Somebody had the bright idea to stick them all on bikes and pedal taverns, and get them drunk and let them all drive around downtown. What could go wrong? Everybody’s excited to come here. Then when you get here, what I think is the best thing about our city is that it doesn’t let you down. You’re treated great. People are nice, as you know. There’s a ton of things to do. There’s incredible music, the best music you can hear. Then there are things like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Opry. And obviously we have a great hockey team, and we have a football team that’s getting better every year. It’s really something. It’s a happening place to be,” Paisley explained to Sounds Like Nashville and other media recently.
At the end of the day though, Nashville still hasn’t lost its small town vibe despite getting bigger every single day. Paisley rationalizes that it’s the simplicity and kindness radiating throughout town that makes folks stick around more than just a day or two.
“The trick is the hospitality,” he revealed. “When you come to Nashville, you’re not sorry you did. I don’t think you’ll leave here going, ‘Well that wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.’ I think you’ll leave here and be pleasantly surprised that it’s more fun than you could have ever imagined it would be.”
Paisley’s most recent album, Love and War, is available for purchase and on streaming services now.