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Brad Paisley, ‘Moonshine in the Trunk’

Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

Fifteen years into his career, Brad Paisley is among country music’s most low-key superstars. The West Virginia native has built a devoted fanbase with his catalog of both traditional and contemporary tunes, his clever wit — on display annually as cohost of the CMA Awards — his skillful guitar playing, curiosity about human interaction, and his nice guy affability.

All of those elements are in place for his latest effort, “Moonshine in the Trunk.”

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While he partakes of the current party-hearty atmosphere pervading country radio — cutting up “Limes” for margaritas and proffering cold cans of Bud Light for “Crushin’ It” — the sentiments don’t seem out of a character in a man who’s hosted several musical shindigs in the past. And he generally offers a clever spin on the fiesta as when he laughs all the way to the “River Bank,” with a narrator daydreaming of hitting the lotto but content with what he has.

Elsewhere he shines on the you-go-girl anthem “Shattered Glass,” which offers wisps of Beatles-esque lilt and harmonies, the comic ode to frivolous litigation “High Life” — with an assist from CMA cohost Carrie Underwood — and the salute to a redneck “Gone Green” on a whimsical tune written by his bassist Kenny Lewis. (Out today)

SARAH RODMAN

ESSENTIAL “High Life”

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