Paisley debuted the follow-up to 'Anything Like Me' live on stage at the 2010 CMA Awards. Although the country star just released his greatest hits album, 'Hits Alive,' on Nov. 2, he felt compelled to share the just-written song with the world as soon as possible.
"The new album won't be ready 'til spring, but I knew I had to sing it tonight for my fans and for the music I love," he told The Boot.
Paisley also said that 'This is Country Music' is a "love song to my fans, who live all our songs every day, and to this industry, which produces this music that does become the soundtrack to people's lives."
Inspired by his community, he sings: "It ain't hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns, and mama, yeah that might be true / But this is country music and we do."
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