Mud on the Tires

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Mud on the Tires
Studio album by Brad Paisley
Released July 22, 2003
Recorded The Castle - Franklin, TN
Genre Country
Length 60:53
Label Arista Nashville
Producer Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley chronology
Part II
(2001)Part II2001
Mud on the Tires
Time Well Wasted
(2005)Time Well Wasted2005
Singles from Mud on the Tires
  1. "Celebrity"
    Released: March 17, 2003
  2. "Little Moments"
    Released: September 1, 2003
  3. "Whiskey Lullaby"
    Released: March 29, 2004
  4. "Mud on the Tires"
    Released: September 13, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
People (average)[4]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[6]

Mud on the Tires is the third studio album by American country music artist Brad Paisley. Released in 2003 on Arista Nashville, it produced four hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts: the Top Five hits "Celebrity", "Little Moments" and "Whiskey Lullaby", as well as the Number One title track. The album itself has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA, while "Whiskey Lullaby" and the title-track have been certified as gold singles.


The album produced four singles for Paisley. First was "Celebrity", which peaked at number 3 on the country charts. Following it were the number 2 "Little Moments", and then the number 3 "Whiskey Lullaby" in 2004. This latter song, a duet with Alison Krauss, was her first Top 40 country hit since her guest vocal on Kenny Rogers' Number One hit "Buy Me a Rose" in 2000. "Whiskey Lullaby" was later covered by Jon Randall, who co-wrote it, on his 2005 album Walking Among the Living. The title track was the fourth and final release from this album. In February 2005, this song became Paisley's fourth Number One hit.

"Is It Raining at Your House" is a cover of a song originally recorded by Vern Gosdin on his 1988 album Chiseled in Stone. Gosdin's rendition was a number 10 country hit that year. "Spaghetti Western Swing" is a narrative skit featuring Redd Volkaert. The final track is a hidden track called "Kung Pao", another skit featuring Bill Anderson, George Jones and "Little" Jimmy Dickens.

"The Cigar Song" is based on an urban legend about a man who purchases expensive cigars and takes out insurance on them, then smokes them and asks for the insurance money after claiming that they were lost in a "series of small fires".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mud on the Tires" Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois 3:28
2. "Celebrity" Paisley 3:43
3. "Ain't Nothin' Like" Don Sampson, Wynn Varble 3:35
4. "Little Moments" Paisley, DuBois 3:39
5. "That's Love" (featuring Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi on background vocals) Paisley, DuBois, Kelley Lovelace 4:43
6. "Somebody Knows You Now" Paisley 3:42
7. "Famous People" DuBois, Chris Wallin 4:10
8. "Hold Me in Your Arms (And Let Me Fall)" Paisley, DuBois, Lovelace 4:24
9. "Whiskey Lullaby" (duet with Alison Krauss) Bill Anderson, Jon Randall 4:19
10. "The Best Thing That I Had Goin'" Jerry Salley, Chris Stapleton 4:08
11. "The Cigar Song" Paisley 3:37
12. "Make a Mistake" Paisley 1:33
13. "Make a Mistake with Me" (instrumental) Paisley 3:15
14. "Is It Raining at Your House" Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, Vern Gosdin 4:01
15. "Spaghetti Western Swing" (narrative featuring Redd Volkaert & Kung Pao Buckaroos) Paisley, Kevin Grantt, Frank Rogers 4:32
16. "Farther Along" traditional, arr. by Paisley 5:23
17. "Kung Pao" (hidden track featuring the Kung Pao Buckaroos (Bill Anderson, George Jones and Little Jimmy Dickens))   1:00


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 8


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2003 "Celebrity" 3 31
"Little Moments" 2 35
2004 "Whiskey Lullaby" (with Alison Krauss) 3 41
"Mud on the Tires" 1 30


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[8] 2× Platinum


  1. ^ Fabian, Shelly. "Brad Paisley - 'Mud on the Tires'". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mud on the Tires - Brad Paisley". Allmusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (August 15, 2003). "Mud on the Tires Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Arnold, Chuck; Charaipotra, Sona; Novak, Ralph; Smith, Kyle (August 25, 2003). "Picks and Pans Review: Mud on the Tires". People. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Brad Paisley". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Mansfield, Brian (July 22, 2003). "Brad Paisley, Mud on the Tires". USA Today. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Mikkelson, Barb; David P. Mikkelson. "Cigarson". Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Brad Paisley – Mud on the Tires". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Red Dirt Road
by Brooks & Dunn
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 9 - August 22, 2003
Succeeded by
What the World Needs Now is Love
by Wynonna