Inside Brad Paisley's Defiant, All-Star New Album 'Love and War

Inside Brad Paisley's Defiant, All-Star New Album 'Love and War

He equally enjoyed his time with Fogerty, though their song, the title track, tackles a much deeper subject: mistreatment of war veterans. "They send you off to die for us / forget about you when you don't," Paisley sings, in what is one of the most biting songs he's ever recorded. Though he tends to stay away from politics in song and in interviews, both he and Fogerty felt the veterans issue was non-partisan. "It's a scathing indictment, but who could possibly disagree with this? I don't feel like I'm out on some limb. Everybody from John McCain to Jon Stewart, we all feel this. Somebody has dropped the ball. You don't always know you're right. I know we're right on this."

Fogerty has long addressed war in such rock classics as "Fortunate Son" and "Run Through the Jungle." Paisley hoped he was willing to enter the territory again. As the pair sat down to write, "John Fogerty says, 'By the way, this is my first ever co-write.' I realize at that point, I'm in over my head," Paisley remembers. "This is a man who wrote everything himself his entire career. Sometimes the [other members of Creedence Clearwater Revival] got credit, but he never specifically sat in a room and did that before. I was like, 'Well, crap. That means I can't blow this. I'm not just another appointment for him.'"

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