Brad Paisley turns to the King of Country for solace in his new song "Bucked Off." Written by Paisley, Chris DuBouis and Kelly Lovelace, the honky-tonker nods to Strait and his classic 1985 hit "The Cowboy Rides Away."
"Bucked Off" is about getting back up after getting knocked down by love and includes plenty of rodeo analogies for good measure.
"It feels like there's a number pinned onto the back of my shirt," Paisley sings on the twangy tune. "This is where the cowboy gets bucked off."
Paisley makes references to Strait throughout the track, nodding to the 1996 rodeo tune "I Can Still Make Cheyenne" and 1982's "Marina Del Ray." There's even a hint of "Amarillo By Morning" in that closing fiddle solo.
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"Bucked Off" is Paisley's first single since last year's "Heaven South." The song will be released to radio on Nov. 19.
Paisley will perform the new tune during the CMA Awards tonight (Nov. 14) on ABC at 7 p.m. CT. The country star will pull double duty as performer and host, alongside fellow host Carrie Underwood.
Last month Paisley announced that he and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley are opening a free grocery store in Nashville for those in need.