Brad Paisley today releases his eighth studio album, Wheelhouse, amid a flurry of excitement, critical acclaim and media appearances, in addition to a redesigned BradPaisley.com, and the launch of the “Out of Your Wheelhouse” sweepstakes.
Wheelhouse is Paisley’s first self-produced project, with all of the album’s tracks written or co-written by Paisley. Recorded with his road band, the Drama Kings, at a converted farmhouse recording studio at Paisley’s Tennessee home, he set out to step outside his own boundaries to create his most adventurous album yet, with early reviews suggesting that he succeeded in style.
Amid the praise for Wheelhouse:
“Yes, Paisley knows what he does well. But ‘Wheelhouse’ proves he’s not content with playing it safe.”
– Michael McCall, Associated Press
“You hate to start a review off with something as PR Pollyanna as, ‘Hello, Grammy No. 4!’ But after listening to Brad Paisley’s latest … ‘Hello, Grammy No. 4!’”
– Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) – Grade of “A”
“It’s misleading to say that Paisley has never played better, because he’s always played this way — with mastery, confidence, daring and good humor.”
– Tris McCall, The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
“Producing and writing/co-writing every song himself, Brad delivers 14 full songs that are incredibly thoughtful, well crafted and willing to take risks without losing what fans love most – his personality and clever songwriting. …one of the year’s best releases.”
– Daryl Addison, GACTV.com
Fans can be watching for Paisley all this week, with April 9 appearances on the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Additional performances include NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 10, as well as ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday, April 12.
Also part of the excitement surrounding the release of Wheelhouse is the launch of the all-new BradPaisley.com. Designed by Nashville based Idea Den, it features an extensive tour history section and fan club community, as well as being easily accessible on any mobile device.
In celebration of the release of Wheelhouse, Sony Music Nashville and Sony Electronics are inviting fans to take a cue from Paisley’s first-ever self-produced album with the launch of the “Out of Your Wheelhouse” sweepstakes.
Beginning with the April 9 album release and continuing through June 30, 2013, each specially marked Wheelhouse album containing a unique code will give fans a chance to enter to win Sony electronics and other exciting prizes, with the Grand Prize a trip for two to Nashville to meet Brad Paisley and tour his home studio where he recorded Wheelhouse. Fans can also request a free code to enter to win, online here BradPaisley.com/Wheelhousesweepscode. For complete sweepstakes details, visit BradPaisley.com/Wheelhousesweeps.
Entering the sweepstakes will also allow each entrant to unlock special Brad Paisley video content.
Among the Sony Electronics prizes, the First Place winner will receive a Home Theater Package, including a Sony 46” Sony LED Internet TV and Sony Sound Bar with Bluetooth®, while the Second Place winner nets a Portable Audio Package of Sony X Headphones and a Premium Bluetooth® Wireless Speaker, and Third Place claims an Action Sports Package, including the Sony Action Cam and Sony W Series Walkman MP3 Player.
Additional prizes to be awarded include full Brad Paisley CD catalogs and autographed copies of Paisley’s acclaimed new Wheelhouse CD.
Simultaneous with today’s release of Wheelhouse, Paisley fans can also pick up Wheelhouse (Deluxe Version) with four additional tracks. Also new today is Paisley’s first interactive book, Building a Wheelhouse, an iTunes exclusive look at the making of Wheelhouse, with all three projects available HERE.
Wheelhouse has already launched two singles, including the #1 smash, “Southern Comfort Zone,” and follow-up chart-climbing hit, “Beat This Summer.”