While pulling off hosting duty at the CMA Awards 2018, Brad Paisley took the time to introduce fans to his brand new single, “Bucked Off.”
The song, which Paisley describes as “turbo honky-tonk, reminiscent of ‘80s and ‘90s country but futuristic,” tells the story of a man comparing the feeling of getting dumped by his girlfriend to that of getting bucked off a bronco and getting the wind knocked out of him.
“This ain’t my first rodeo / Someone’s gonna get hurt whenever someone says we need to talk / Feels like there’s a number pinned onto the back of my shirt / Cause this is where the cowboy gets bucked off,” Paisley sings.
“There was a time in country music in the ‘90s, ‘80s when songs were rodeo metaphors. They were stories of cowboys and so much fun to listen to on the radio with the production and the twang and the heart and all of that great George Strait, Garth Brooks music of the time,” the West Virginia native shared. “It’s something that I’ve not done much of. I haven’t done a whole lot of that kind of rodeo, sort of analogy kind of music. This was something that’s kind of my tip of the hat to my hero George Strait with a bit of a modern twist.”
The tune was penned by Paisley with Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace, with Paisley and Dunn Huff producing.