Paisley sings of the "Hard Life"
HomeNewsInterviewsCD ReleasesCD ReviewsConcertsArtistsArchive

Paisley sings of the "Hard Life"

Monday, December 12, 2011 – Brad Paisley just recorded a new song, Hard Life, to raise money for charity.

The song was penned by Paisley's friend, 23-year-old Joe Kindregan from Springfield, Va., who has A-T (ataxia-telangiectasia), a rare, fatal genetic disease that combines symptoms of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, immune deficiencies and cancer. The release of the new song marks a special initiative on behalf of the non-profit A-T Children's Project, the yearlong beneficiary of Paisley's artist royalties from U.S. digital single sales of the song.

"I've known Joe for several years, and he is one of my favorite people. His disease is physically debilitating, but obviously creatively and mentally Joe has such tremendous depth. It's an honor for me to be the person to give voice to his creativity and cause."

The two met in 2005 at a fundraising event hosted by former professional hockey player Shjon Podein benefitting children facing extraordinary difficulties. It was at this event that Kindregan was convinced by his friend, Brian Christiansen, who also had A-T, to join him on stage and sing with Paisley.

Over the years, he and Paisley have stayed in contact, and Kindregan has attended many of Paisley's concerts. When Cristiansen lost his battle with A-T a few years ago he knew he wanted to do something to carry on their love of music, and with encouragement from Paisley, decided the best way to do that was to put his story in a song.

Kindregan knew he wanted to write about enduring life with A-T, the good and the bad. He talked to other people who also had the disease and then put his thoughts on paper to share with Paisley. Once Paisley saw the lyrics, he knew they had something important. Kindregan came to Paisley's Nashville studio twice to be a part of laying down the tracks and to see his song being produced firsthand.

More news for Brad Paisley

CD reviews for Brad Paisley

CD review - Wheelhouse Brad Paisley isn't content to keep doing the same old. In fact, this is probably the least traditional country outing in his career. Yet, a few things remain intact - great guitar playing and singing and a sense of humor without being too kitschy. In fact, Paisley manages to combine the ultra serious with his typical sense of humor. The seriousness is never more apparent from Paisley than on the controversial Accidental Racist with LL Cool J, who helped write and perform it. ...
CD review - Hits Alive Brad Paisley's new live hits CD is a bit of a tease. That's because it only goes half way in replicating the true live Paisley experience. Watching the accompanying concert videos at a Paisley show, whether the venue screen is showing Andy Griffith during Waitin' on a Woman or the montage of recently-deceased celebrities that accompanies When I Get Where I'm Going, reveal how Paisley simply must be seen to be fully enjoyed. Nevertheless, Paisley in concert and captured on ...
CD review - American Saturday Night Brad Paisley has grown up on his eighth album. Yes, the West Virginian maintains a sense of humor, but apparently aging has left its mark on a maturing singer who has never forsaken his country roots. That is ever so apparent in songs like Anything Like Me and Oh Yeah, You're Gone. The former finds Paisley looking at the passage of time through his son's life in a tender, but not sappy look. On the latter, he's a five-year-old boy who doesn't get what he wants, which his grandfather notices. ...

©Country Standard Time • Jeffrey B. Remz, editor & publisher •
AboutCopyrightNewsletterOur sister publication Standard Time
Subscribe to Country Music News Country News   Subscribe to Country Music CD Reviews CD Reviews   Follow us on  Twitter    Instagram    Facebook