Welcome to Feel-Good Friday, a weekly roundup of heartwarming stories, lighthearted videos, and inspiring country news that reminds us all there is still good in the world.
Brad Paisley recruits all-star cast for “No I in Beer” Video
Country fans can always count on Paisley for some laughs and the singer more than delivers in his comical new video “No I in Beer.” Recruiting some of his famous friends including Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell, Kelsea Ballerini, and Peyton Manning, the clip serves as a fitting time capsule for 2020.
While we’re all stuck at home with much communication through Zoom, Paisley took advantage of the video conferencing service by crashing several fan’s Zoom hangs much to their delight. These moments as well as humorous beer challenges are highlighted throughout the music video. With more than 225 cameos of people from 39 countries in the clip, Paisley brings fans together as they sing along to the uplifting country tune.
Carly Pearce is in the studio and shared a snippet of a new song
Pearce is channeling the loss of her late producer busbee in a powerful new song called “Show Me Around.” After debuting the poignant ballad during a performance at the Opry last month, Pearce shared a snippet of her singing the song in the studio. “Today in the studio, raw & real. Wrote this for my late producer busbee,” she captioned the performance clip on Tuesday.
Kacey Musgraves unveils Lonely Weekend self-care kits
Inspired by the wistful track “Lonely Weekend” off her Grammy Award-winning 2018 album Golden Hour, Musgraves has put together the perfect self-care kit for fans currently stuck at home. Complete with a 500-piece puzzle, tie-dye kit, white t-shirt that reads “It’ll All Be Alright,” socks and a rainbow shooting star bath bomb, staying home never felt so good. The thoughtful kit is priced at $99.99. For more information, visit Musgraves’ website.
Randy Travis releases first single in seven years with “Fool’s Love Affair”
On the 35th anniversary of Travis’ first radio single “On the Other Hand,” the country legend has released new music. His first single since suffering a stroke in 2013, “Fool’s Love Affair” was initially recorded as a demo in the 1980s until songwriter Charlie Monk discovered it. Monk penned the tune with Keith Stegall and Milton Brown. After uncovering the demo, Monk then sent the song to Travis and his longtime producer Kyle Lehning who then produced it and readied the song for release.
A welcome return to radio, Travis’ familiar baritone is at the heart of the stirring ballad. With sweeping string features and memorable pedal steel, on “Fool’s Love Affair” Travis sings of a forbidden love that will never be more than a once a week fling.
Taylor Swift returns to country radio with “Betty”
Following the surprise release of her eighth studio album folklore last week, Swift will be returning to country airwaves. UMG Nashville has revealed that the country-tinged ballad “Betty” will impact country radio on Aug. 17.
The most country-leaning song on folklore, on “Betty” Swift sings of a teenage love triangle alongside light harmonica and delicate acoustic guitar features. “Betty” marks the first song of Swift’s released to country radio since 2013’s “Red.”