SAT 5/10/14 8:28 PM Page 1 of 3 GEOLOGY GK: A lot of talk in Nashville about Brad Paisley’s new album which comes out in August, especially since one song from the album was released early, a song called “River Bank”--BP: Well, I’m excited too because it’s my first album devoted entirely to geology. GK: Geology--BP: Growing up in West Virginia I used to sit on the river bank and study the layers of rock formations, the shale and limestone, and of course coal, and I vowed that if I ever made it in the music business, I’d make an album that expresses my lifelong fascination with rocks. GK: It took you awhile to do that---BP: Country music has never paid much attention to geology and the label wasn’t happy about this but I wanted to change it. GK: What’s the new album called? BP: It’s called “Your Substrata Makes My Lava Flow”. GK: Okay. SAT 5/10/14 8:28 PM Page 2 of 3 BP: (SINGS) Way back in the distant past Five hundred million years or greater Tennessee was a tectonic plate Under the ocean near the equator. In a few million years the plates began A steady northern migration Volcanoes blew and the earth arose To form the Appalachians. The range of mountains began to form Four hundred million years ago And sandstone formations Along the Cumberland Plateau The Paleozoic and Mesozoic Built the hills just like a mason And in the Cenozoic era Appeared the Nashville basin. Beneath the limestone, sandstone, shale, The earth moved as it must And formed the Blue Ridge mountains By subhorizontal thrust. And here on plutonic igneous rocks On a preCambrian promontory That is where I first met you Which is a whole other story SAT 5/10/14 8:28 PM Page 3 of 3 Geology, geology, That’s how God made Tennessee And Tennessee is where I found A girl whose feet are on the ground Whose substrata make the lava flow And that is all you need to know.