Mick Jagger co-wrote and sings on a song titled “Drive of Shame” on country star Brad Paisley‘s upcoming album, Love and War. Now, Paisley is revealing the story behind the unlikely collaboration.
Fans may recall that Paisley opened for The Rolling Stones when the band’s 2015 tour passed through Nashville, but Brad tells ABC Radio that he was surprised to discover that Jagger had been aware of Brad for many years before that.
“It’s a really fascinating and flattering thing,” explains Paisley. “When we started opening shows for them, it came from him. He had sent his assistant in 1999 to the record stores in London to get [my debut album] Who Needs Pictures.“
“He said…’when your first album came out, I wanted to hear what you were doing lyrically, and I had heard a few of the songs and the guitar playing and thought, “I need to hear this guy,”‘” Paisley reveals. “And he had kinda kept up with me!”
Brad recalls that he had no idea Jagger was a fan until a friend overheard the rock legend talking about the country star one year at the Grammys.
“The next thing you know…they had people sitting in with them that first tour back, I went and did that,” Brad says, remembering playing with The Stones in Philadelphia.
From there, he and Jagger became friends.
“We got to know each other and then they had us open in Nashville and we got to know each other some more,” he points out. “We went to dinner a few times, and I finally just said, ‘You need to come back here when we are off!'”
That led to them collaborating on “Drive of Shame.” Love and War is due out April 21.
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