Eric Paslay was shocked when he was nominated for a Grammy, although his song “High Class,” is currently No. 40 on the Country Airplay chart. Paslay has been making waves in the country world as of late, and the song that was nominated is none other than “The Driver” with Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley. It is currently resting at No. 51 on the Country Airplay chart, yet the EMI Nashville recording artist was still surprised, which speaks to his humble origins. The nod was completely unexpected, and Paslay found out the good news when he was in Las Vegas. In a new interview, he talks about the surprise nomination and his forthcoming sophomore album.
“I was in Vegas,” Paslay said to Billboard. “And I didn’t know anything about the nominations being announced. I woke up to ‘You’re nominated for a Grammy,’ and thought, ‘That can’t be right.”
Not that he is counting on a win, but he seems to take his nomination in stride.
“I think I’ve learned to guard myself from that,” he further said. For me, it’s all about the music. If things like the Grammys were to happen, I’ll know it’s a side effect of making great music instead of chasing that.”
Two years after he released his first effort, the self-titled Eric Paslay album, the country artist has finished his second album and expresses his optimism about it in the interview.
“I feel it’s better than the first,” he said. “But I know everyone says that. These songs just seem to really fit together. Some of them have been written for years, but are brand new to everyone.”
Paslay will be support on the 2016 portion of Brad Paisley’s Crushin It World Tour, which wrapped up the 2015 leg in early October. The tour will run through the early spring of 2016, hitting dates everywhere from Maine to Kentucky. The first date of the tour will begin in Jonesboro, Arkansas and it is in support of his new album, Moonshine in the Truck. The tour spans 20 shows total and includes four gigs in Canada.