25 Songs, 1 Hour 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brad Paisley is one of contemporary country music’s most gifted practitioners. Over the years he has built a formidable catalog and reputation. Hits Alive is not a live album of hits, but rather a two-pronged collection that includes a set of studio versions of his hits and then a set of live concert recordings from his 2010 H20 Tour. Guests such as Dolly Parton (“When I Get Where I’m Going”) and Alison Krauss (“Whiskey Lullaby”) illustrate his musical compatriots and their contributions make for satisfying duets. A track like “Ticks” shows Paisley’s silly side, but “The World” settles him into some serious honky-tonk. “Little Moments” is sentimental, while the live version of “Mud On the Tires” shows just how tight and energetic the live band can be. There isn’t a misstep here, just one great track after another. Several tunes are presented in both live and studio versions, giving us a good idea of what songs Paisley favors.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brad Paisley is one of contemporary country music’s most gifted practitioners. Over the years he has built a formidable catalog and reputation. Hits Alive is not a live album of hits, but rather a two-pronged collection that includes a set of studio versions of his hits and then a set of live concert recordings from his 2010 H20 Tour. Guests such as Dolly Parton (“When I Get Where I’m Going”) and Alison Krauss (“Whiskey Lullaby”) illustrate his musical compatriots and their contributions make for satisfying duets. A track like “Ticks” shows Paisley’s silly side, but “The World” settles him into some serious honky-tonk. “Little Moments” is sentimental, while the live version of “Mud On the Tires” shows just how tight and energetic the live band can be. There isn’t a misstep here, just one great track after another. Several tunes are presented in both live and studio versions, giving us a good idea of what songs Paisley favors.

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