River Bank (Brad Paisley song)

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"River Bank"
Single by Brad Paisley
from the album Moonshine in the Trunk
Released April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:05
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Brad Paisley, Kelley Lovelace[1]
Producer(s) Brad Paisley, Luke Wooten[2]
Brad Paisley singles chronology
"The Mona Lisa"
"River Bank"
"Perfect Storm"

"River Bank" is a song recorded by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It is the lead single from his tenth studio album, Moonshine in the Trunk. He co-wrote the song with Kelley Lovelace and co-produced it with Luke Wooten.


The song is about a man and woman who have fun on a river in the summertime. Paisley told The Tennesseean that the song idea come from his own upbringing near the Ohio River: "My best memories with my grandfather are on that body of water, and my dad, and learning to ski. It's kind of like a back-to-basics song, which is really an inner tube and a boat and you've got a theme park."[2]

Paisley debuted the song at the 2014 Academy of Country Music telecast on April 6.[1] He also performed the song during the third episode of ABC's Rising Star.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard called River Bank "a slice of summer time fun" and added that "the production is edgy with a cool vibe".[3] Giving it 2.5 stars out of 4, Michelangelo Matos of the New York Post said that "It's appealingly jaunty, but Paisley has done this better."[4] Rolling Stone rated it 3 out of 5 stars: "This laid-back ode to inner tubes and bikinis, from an album due later this year, comes with a bendy Stones-steeped riff and a clever chorus that's like ad copy for low-budget fun.…If there must be bro-country, let it be this genial."[5] Mikael Wood of The Los Angeles Times was less favorable, saying that "the tune is either a razor-sharp send-up of bro-country cliché — or a pathetic embodiment of the same from a songwriter capable of far, far more."[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Scott Scovill and premiered in May 2014.[7] It stars Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 36 and Country Airplay chart at No. 29.[9] It debuted on Bubbling Under Hot 100 at No. 14, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 88 four weeks later (chart date May 24, 2014). It peaked at No. 59 on the Hot 100, No. 12 on Hot Country Songs, and No. 2 on Country Airplay. As of September 2014, the song has sold 473,000 copies in the United States.[10]

Chart (2014) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 37
Canada Country (Billboard)[12] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 54
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[14] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[16] 21
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[17] 32


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Thompson, Gayle (2 April 2014). "Brad Paisley Previews New Single, 'River Bank'". The Boot. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Watts, Cindy (12 April 2014). "Brad Paisley talks about his favorite 'River Bank'". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6229273/brad-paisley-moonshine-in-the-trunk-track-by-track-review
  4. ^ Matos, Michelangelo (7 April 2014). "Brad Paisley returns to country's simple pleasures". New York Post. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Dolan, Jon (17 April 2014). "Brad Paisley — 'River Bank'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael (7 April 2014). "ACM Awards: Brad Paisley debuts bro-baiting new single 'River Bank'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Brad Paisley : River Bank". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Vinson, Christina (May 27, 2014). "Brad Paisley Squirrels Around With Twiggy in 'River Bank' Music Video". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Gary Trust (April 7, 2014). "Chart Highlights: Coldplay Ties U2 For Most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s". Billboard. 
  10. ^ Matt Bjorke (September 10, 2014). "The Top 30 Digital Singles – September 10, 2014". Roughstock.  Sales figures given here
  11. ^ "Brad Paisley Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Brad Paisley.
  12. ^ "Brad Paisley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Brad Paisley.
  13. ^ "Brad Paisley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Brad Paisley.
  14. ^ "Brad Paisley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Brad Paisley.
  15. ^ "Brad Paisley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brad Paisley.
  16. ^ "Best of 2014: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Brad Paisley – River Bank". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 21, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH