Two of the standout tracks on Brad Paisley’s excellent new album, Love and War, feature him dueting hard with a couple straight-up rock and roll legends.
One features Brad and Rolling Stone front man Mick Jagger. “Drive Of Shame” features a Keith Richards-like guitar riff from Brad that would be right at home on Exile on Main Street–although unlike Keith, Brad says the only thing he took before recording “was a Claritin and a Benadryl”. Brad said he and Mick first talked about recording a duet after Brad joined the Stone’s onstage in 2013 for their country-tinged classic, “Dead Flowers”.
The second song is a much more serious endeavor. “Love and War” is an unblinking look at the plight of war veterans and how they’re treated. It makes sense Paisley would cut the song with Northern California native John Fogerty, who as both a solo artist and leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival has written some of the most uncompromising, politically-tinged songs of all-time (give “Fortunate Son” a listen if you never have). The powerful video was shot aboard the USS Midway, and features images of actual veterans. Brad calls the song one of the most important he’s ever done, and says he was glad he record it with Fogerty.