Mud on the Tires

Mud on the Tires is the third studio album by American country music artist Brad Paisley. Released in 2003 on Arista Nashville, it produced four hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts: the Top Five hits "Celebrity", "Little Moments" and "Whiskey Lullaby", as well as the Number One title track. The album itself has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA, while "Whiskey Lullaby" and the title-track have been certified as gold singles.

Mud on the Tires
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 2003
RecordedThe Castle - Franklin, TN
GenreCountry
Length60:53
LabelArista Nashville
ProducerFrank Rogers
Brad Paisley chronology
Part II
(2001)
Mud on the Tires
(2003)
Time Well Wasted
(2005)
Singles from Mud on the Tires
  1. "Celebrity"
    Released: March 17, 2003
  2. "Little Moments"
    Released: September 1, 2003
  3. "Whiskey Lullaby"
    Released: March 29, 2004
  4. "Mud on the Tires"
    Released: September 13, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
People(average)[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[6]

ContentEdit

The album produced four singles for Paisley. First was "Celebrity", which peaked at number 3 on the country charts. Following it were the number 2 "Little Moments", and then the number 3 "Whiskey Lullaby" in 2004. This latter song, a duet with Alison Krauss, was her first Top 40 country hit since her guest vocal on Kenny Rogers' Number One hit "Buy Me a Rose" in 2000. "Whiskey Lullaby" was later covered by Jon Randall, who co-wrote it, on his 2005 album Walking Among the Living. The title track was the fourth and final release from this album. In February 2005, this song became Paisley's fourth Number One hit.

"Is It Raining at Your House" is a cover of a song originally recorded by Vern Gosdin on his 1988 album Chiseled in Stone. Gosdin's rendition was a number 10 country hit that year. "Spaghetti Western Swing" is a narrative skit featuring Redd Volkaert. The final track is a hidden track called "Kung Pao", another skit featuring Bill Anderson, George Jones and "Little" Jimmy Dickens.

"The Cigar Song" is based on an urban legend about a man who purchases expensive cigars and takes out insurance on them, then smokes them and asks for the insurance money after claiming that they were lost in a "series of small fires".[7]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Mud on the Tires"Paisley, Chris DuBois3:28
2."Celebrity"Paisley3:43
3."Ain't Nothin' Like"Don Sampson, Wynn Varble3:35
4."Little Moments"Paisley, DuBois3:39
5."That's Love" (featuring Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi on background vocals)Paisley, DuBois, Kelley Lovelace4:43
6."Somebody Knows You Now"Paisley3:42
7."Famous People"DuBois, Chris Wallin4:10
8."Hold Me in Your Arms (And Let Me Fall)"Paisley, DuBois, Lovelace4:24
9."Whiskey Lullaby" (duet with Alison Krauss)Bill Anderson, Jon Randall4:19
10."The Best Thing That I Had Goin'"Jerry Salley, Chris Stapleton4:08
11."The Cigar Song"Paisley3:37
12."Make a Mistake"Paisley1:33
13."Make a Mistake with Me" (instrumental)Paisley3:15
14."Is It Raining at Your House"Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, Vern Gosdin4:01
15."Spaghetti Western Swing" (narrative featuring Redd Volkaert & Kung Pao Buckaroos)Paisley, Kevin Grantt, Frank Rogers4:32
16."Farther Along"traditional, arr. by Paisley5:23
17."Kung Pao" (hidden track featuring the Kung Pao Buckaroos (Bill Anderson, George Jones and Little Jimmy Dickens)) 1:00

PersonnelEdit

Musicians
  • Dan Aykroyd - background vocals (5)
  • Jim Belushi - background vocals (5)
  • Ron Block - banjo (1, 7, 10)
  • Jim "Moose" Brown - Hammond B-3 organ (7)
  • Randle Currie - steel guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13-16), Pedabro (3)
  • Eric Darken - percussion (all tracks except 12 and 17), hand claps (8)
  • Jerry Douglas - Dobro (9, 10)
  • Vince Gill - background vocals (8)
  • Kevin "Swine" Grantt - bass guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16), upright bass (3, 9, 13), fretless bass (6), tic-tac bass (8)
  • Randy Hardison - drums (7)
  • Bernie Herms - piano (3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13-16), Hammond B-3 organ (6)
  • Wes Hightower - background vocals (1-8, 10, 11, 14)
  • Gary Hooker - electric guitar (14), tic-tac bass (14)
  • Alison Krauss - viola (9), vocals (9)
  • Kenny Lewis - background vocals (9), bass guitar (10)
  • Gordon Mote - Hammond B-3 organ (4, 11)
  • Brad Paisley - vocals; acoustic guitar (all tracks except 5 and 17), electric guitar (all tracks except 9 and 17), tic-tac bass (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7), 12-string guitar (2), mandolin (2, 6, 10), Go-Bro (6), baritone guitar (9), six-string bass guitar (11)
  • Frank Rogers - hand claps (8)
  • Don Sampson - finger snaps (3), whistling (3)
  • Ben Sesar - drums (all tracks except 7, 12, and 17)
  • Dan Tyminski - background vocals (9)
  • Redd Volkaert - electric guitar (15)
  • Justin Williamson - fiddle (1-5, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16)

Children's chorus on "Ain't Nothin' Like": Charles NcCallie, Manny Rogers, Emma Sampson, Maddie Sampson, Georgia Claire Varble

Chorus on "Farther Along": Neal Cappellino, Vince Gill, Wes Hightower, Valerie Pringle, Frank Rogers, Steve Short, Brian David Willis

Technical
  • Richard Barrow - recording, digital editing
  • Drew Bollman - mixing assistant
  • Neal Cappellino - recording, digital editing
  • C. A. Dreyer - production assistant
  • Russ Harrington - photography
  • Adam Hatley - digital editing
  • Jason Lehning - recording
  • Astrid Hebrold May - art direction
  • Kendal Marcy - recording
  • Justin Niebank - mixing
  • Frank Rogers - producer, digital editing
  • Steve Short - recording assistant, mixing assistant
  • Ronnie Thomas - digital editing
  • Hank Williams - mastering
  • Brian David Willis - recording, digital editing

Chart performanceEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 8

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country US
2003 "Celebrity" 3 31
"Little Moments" 2 35
2004 "Whiskey Lullaby" (with Alison Krauss) 3 41
"Mud on the Tires" 1 30

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fabian, Shelly. "Brad Paisley - 'Mud on the Tires'". About.com. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mud on the Tires - Brad Paisley". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (August 15, 2003). "Mud on the Tires Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Arnold, Chuck; Charaipotra, Sona; Novak, Ralph; Smith, Kyle (August 25, 2003). "Picks and Pans Review: Mud on the Tires". People. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Brad Paisley". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Mansfield, Brian (July 22, 2003). "Brad Paisley, Mud on the Tires". USA Today. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Mikkelson, Barb; David P. Mikkelson. "Cigarson". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Brad Paisley – Mud on the Tires". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.