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ICYMI: Brad Paisley And John Fogerty: We're Letting Our Veterans Down

Brad Paisley's been a busy guy lately.

Readying for the launch of his album Love And War has meant video collaboration projects with Apple Music, hometown video shoots, pop-up concerts, and collaborations with hip-hop artists, celebrated country songwriters and legendary rock 'n' rollers.

Enter John Fogerty.

He paired with the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman for the album's title track, which delivers a sharp reminder that U.S. war veterans deserve much more than what they're getting. Collaborating with Fogerty seemed obvious to Paisley given Fogerty's musical history. CCR's "Fortunate Son," "Run Through The Jungle," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Who'll Stop The Rain" have all been interpreted as war-related protest songs at one time or another.

"He's a huge influence on me," Paisley recently told NPR of Fogerty. "And, I think, the voice of a generation. And so one time, we sat down and I said, 'Why don't you come to Tennessee for a couple of days, and we'll do this right.' And I have this thing I want to say, and that's that I think we are really letting our veterans down."

Fogerty was all in, NPR reports.

"I said, 'I know you went there back in the Vietnam era – do you want to go there again?'" Paisley related. "And he said, 'Yeah, I do.'"

If you haven't yet heard, here's where they went:

 

They say all is fair in Love and War

But that ain't true, it's wrong

They ship you out to die for us

Forget about you when you're gone

They say all is fair in Love and War

But that ain't true, it's wrong

They ship you out to die for us

But forget about you when you're gone

 

Paisley posted the video for the song to Facebook recently, which was shot at the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego. "One of the more important things I've ever said and I'm so honored to say it with John Fogerty," Paisley noted. Watch below. Read more from NPR here.

 

Brad Paisley

One of the more important things I've ever said and I'm so honored to say it with John Fogerty.

 

Russ Penuell lives in Nashville with his girlfriend, three dogs and a lot of music.