Brad Paisley’s new song was inspired by the women in the country music industry who are defying the odds.
What Brad Paisley Had to Say
Paisley spoke about the inspiration behind his new song, “Off Road” during Country Radio Seminar 2021. He first debuted the song on The Kelly Clarkson Show to rave reviews from fans. During the panel, he teased that he was working on new music via Zoom.
“I had this idea for it which was one of the first things we wrote and it’s in this batch of things we’ve done that are new that I can’t wait for everybody to hear,” he began. “It was the idea that a country girl is not stopped by a roadblock. It’s truly the idea that it’s for the trailblazers. It’s for the women that are literally told ‘No, we can’t go that way’ and they do. When you hear it on the surface, it feels like a fun, rocking song about a girl that’s going her own way. It’s really a metaphor for all of the women that don’t take no for an answer.”
At first listen, it sounds like an upbeat country song about a badass woman. Upon inspection of the Brad Paisley lyrics, it’s truly a tribute to the trailblazing women out there.
“That’s what this song is meant to be,” he later added. “It’s fun to make a tribute to that to something I think hopefully the country fans hear it and go, ‘Yeah, man. That’s my kind of girl.’ It’s basically, ‘Go girl, female power to you.'”
Brad on Jeannie Seely Inspiration
Brad Paisley gave an example to one of the women who inspired his song, Jeannie Seely. He recently did a show with her, Fierce Women. “[She] was talking about the moment that she went on stage with Bill Anderson and a couple of other hosts at the Opry in the 60s,” he recalled. “She said when you announce me as ‘pretty little thing in a mini skirt,’ it’s pretty degrading. And in that moment, Bill Anderson was like, ‘Oh I never even…’ Cause you would hear it like, ‘Let’s bring out a pretty little thing, she sings good too.’ You’d never say that about a guy. You realize how difficult it was in country music then.”
Anderson immediately said that he would never do that again. Brad Paisley reminded people that what Seely did was unheard of at the time. “She didn’t know at the time if anybody would be like, ‘Well I don’t care. I’m going to say what I want to.’ These ladies in country music over the years are tough,” he nodded. “You think about Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette and just the things they sang about. “