Missteps and commercials aside, country songwriter boasts reliable quality

Nashville superstar Brad Paisley is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has won multiple Grammy and CMA awards, and every single album he has released is certified Gold or higher. The man is one of the biggest names in country music, and a good songwriter to boot.

Paisley is also the face and voice behind the recent series of Nationwide commercials. He's a likable guy, though in recent years he generated some controversy with his 2013 song “Accidental Racist,” written and performed with LL Cool J. Lines such as, “If you don't judge my gold chains, I'll forget the iron chains,” and, “If you don't judge my do-rag, I won't judge your red flag,” didn't exactly serve as the cultural balm for which Paisley seems to have been aiming.

But perhaps the biggest blemish on Paisley's record is his involvement with the “Cars” franchise, the one dumpster fire in Pixar's otherwise solid string of animated movies. But Paisley also loves the Cleveland Browns, so I guess we'll let the “Cars” thing slide (“Accidental Racist,” not so much). Chase Bryant, Dustin Lynch and Lindsay Ell open. (Safe bet)