Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato’s collaboration on “Stone Cold” at the 2016 iHeartMusic Awards in April initially seemed like a one-off, a cross-genre pairing to siphon off some viewers from the ACM Awards happening at the same time. Clearly there was more afoot, as Brad Paisley’s new song “Without a Fight” is a duet with the pop singer.
Opening with a moody guitar riff that recalls the Rolling Stones, “Without a Fight” announces its intentions very quickly. “There’s a tangled mess of sheets on the bed, the lack of sleep pounding in my head / We both regret some of the things we said but we love the way it ended,” sings Paisley, setting up a whole series of couplets about make-up sex that may have parents scrambling for tidy explanations during the morning commute to the kids’ school. “Good as we are at getting it on, how come we can’t just get along?” goes the chorus, just in case the idea wasn’t clear. Power vocalist Lovato sneaks in softly at the end of the first verse and steadily ramps up her volume, really letting the fireworks fly in the second half and allowing Paisley lay back vocally and instrumentally.
“Without a Fight” is the first single from an upcoming Paisley project. His previous album, 2014’s Moonshine in the Trunk, featured the songs “Crushin’ It,” “Country Nation” and “Perfect Storm.” On May 15th, he’ll play a show at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge with guitar virtuoso Robben Ford (Joni Mitchell, George Harrison). His Life Amplified Tour with Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae kicks off May 19th in Sacramento, California.