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Brad Paisley Finds Deeper Meaning Performing "Southern Comfort Zone" at Grand Ole Opry

Image courtesy of Arista Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Arista Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Brad Paisley 's latest single, "Southern Comfort Zone," talks about seeing his home in Tennessee through new eyes after touring the world playing music. The song took on even deeper meaning when Brad recently performed it on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. He was there to invite his friend Darius Rucker to become an Opry member when the show's management team unexpectedly asked him to sing.

Brad says, "I went out with an acoustic guitar and sang that. And it’s a different song by yourself without the band rockin’ behind you."

Singing that song on the same circle of wood on the Opry stage where country legends including Hank Williams, Sr. and Patsy Cline have stood was a big moment for Brad.  He explains, "I'm standing in the circle, in my musical home, which I've been in love with since the first time I was allowed there to play."

Brad goes on to draw parallels between Tennessee and the fictional home of the hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien 's celebrated trilogy, saying, "It's the Shire in Lord of the Rings . It's the place that's beautiful, ideal to live, which I appreciate more now after having seen the world."

Look for Brad's new album featuring "Southern Comfort Zone" to come out next spring.

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