(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)
On Wednesday night’s (Jan. 9) episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Brad
Paisley announced the name of his upcoming album — Wheelhouse — and premiered
his new theme song for the love-it-hate-it reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. (Paisley’s official name on the
show would be Blueberry Piggy if you look it up on the show’s name generator, by the way.) So his “Ballad of Honey Boo Boo”
has a very old-timey Western feel and pays homage to the sugared-up beauty queen who lives in the hills of Georgia in a modest
home. “She’ll sing a song, whistle a tune/Make ketchup s’ghetti with her Mama June,” he sings. “She’s roaming the country,
she’s on the loose/Filled with balls of cheese and go-go juice.” There are also lyrics about how Honey Boo Boo is fighting
for justice and the American way and how she’s an American hero down to the core. Now, I know Paisley is a very gifted songwriter.
But how could he not include the obvious rhymes? Just think of all the things that could rhyme with Boo Boo, smexy, glitz,
shack ‘em up and paint on the barn.