Brad Paisley • Country Megastar
Country star Brad Paisley loves cigars so much that he even turned one of the oldest jokes in the cigar book into a tune called “The Cigar Song,” on his album Mud on the Tires, released in 2003. “Well I’m a sucker for fine Cuban cigars, the problem is I can’t afford ’em,” he sings in his warm, hard-to-forget voice. “But last year I went and got myself a whole box and just to be safe, I insured ’em.” You know how this tale goes: the smoker puffs every cigar in the box, files an insurance claim for fire damage and ends up getting in trouble for arson. In Paisley’s song, the protagonist ends up in prison, where sentencing includes a real downgrade in his smokes: all he can get are 10-cent cigars.
No bargain smokes needed in real life for Paisley, who has sold more than 11 million albums and makes commercials for Nationwide insurance. His first smoke was a Cuban Montecristo, bought on a trip to Canada, but today his favorite comes from a closer (and legal) source, Crowned Heads, particularly the Mother Church, a limited-edition Churchill made in Nicaragua with a bold blend of tobaccos from Ecuador, Connecticut and Nicaragua. Paisley has a home outside of Nashville, music city, where Crowned Heads makes its headquarters.