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fied gold or greater. Part II
continued the ascent, going
platinum and remaining on
the charts for more than
70 weeks. Mud on the Tires
featured a title track that
reached #1 on Billboard.
Time Well Wasted won the
CMA award for Best Album.
Afterward, he contributed
two songs for the film Cars
and in '06 released a Christmas album. 5th Gear earned
his first Grammy (for Best
C ou nt r y I nst r u ment a l,
"Throttleneck") and conta i ned four #1 si ng les.
In '08, he upped the ante
with Play, a predominately
instrumental album featuring guest stars Buck Owens,
B.B. King, Little Jimmy
Dickens, Andy Griff ith,
the cross-picking technique into the second measure
"The Nervous Breakdown" let critics and pickers know
and guitar-laden extravawith unison Gs juggled on second and third strings. At
Paisley was a serious guitarist. Amidst the traditional
ganza appropriately titled
this tempo, the overall effect is one of dizzying varied
and pop/rock country offerings of his debut album was
"Cluster Pluck" pitting Brad
timbres akin to a complex banjo passage. The melody
this uptempo instrumental barnburner. This excerpt
with James Burton, Albert
is straight out of the hot-picker playbook, connoting
is based on the song's main theme and illustrates
Lee, Redd Volkaert, John
a loose combination of major and minor pentatonic
several significant elements. Immediately evident is
Jorgenson, Vince Gill, Steve
sounds. Signature broken-sixth licks are heard in
Paisley's use of cross-picking, a sound and technique
Wariner, and Brent Mason.
measures 3-4. Note the slurred shapes on fifth and
found often in the genre. Here, it's heard in the use of
It also yielded the #1 hit
third strings implying parallel movement within a C9
hybrid-picked open strings juggled with fretted notes,
"Start a Band," a duet with
chord. He uses a bluegrass-inspired oblique-motion
generally exploiting higher notes on lower strings and
Keith Urban.
lick in 5-6, playing a moving line on the G string
vice-versa. In the first measure, check out the higher
American Saturday Night
while sustaining the D note on the second string.
note F (second string/sixth fret) alternated with the
(2009) found the songwriter
The passage closes with a characteristic stepwise
lower E (first string open) and C (third string/fifth fret)
evolving with loftier multidescent blending major-pentatonic and blues melody.
alternated with B (second string open). Brad maintains
cultural and multi-generational themes. This period
saw him perform at the White House, appear INFLUENCES
standard like "In the Garden," shred like
on "The Tonight Show," and co-hosting the
Paisley's earliest heroes were his grand- an '80s guitar hero, conjure true blues
CMA awards for the second straight year. father, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Les Paul, improvisations alongside B.B. King, or
In July of 2010, more than 60,000 people and Roy Clark. Hank Goddard was a musical blaze in the hot-picker tradition. Regarding
attended an outdoor event for Greenbrier mentor who broadened his style with jazz the latter, country has boasted a pantheon
PGA in West Virginia and endured hours of and swing elements. Brad has cited Buck of hot pickers. Consider Hank Garland,
pouring rain to see him with co-star Car- Owens, Don Rich (and the Bakersfield sound Jimmy Bryant, Joe Maphis, Phil Baugh, and
rie Underwood. Hits Alive was issued that in general), Albert Lee, James Burton, Steve Albert Lee for starters. Then factor in Brent
year. This is Country Music captured Paisley Wariner, Vince Gill, and Redd Volkaert as Mason, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill, and John
reappraising his country roots and included well as rock guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Eric Jorgenson. This lineage provided a bedrock
guest appearances by Clint Eastwood, Sheryl Clapton, and Steve Lukather. He names John that remains foundational for Brad's style,
Crow, and Don Henley. Cars 2 reprised his Jorgenson as his biggest inf luence and Buck informing his mix of traditional county
earlier contribution and featured two more Owens' Carnegie Hall Concert as his favorite melodies, jazz-inf lected Western swing
of his songs. He followed with Wheelhouse all-time album.
licks, cascading bluegrass runs and rootsy
and Moonshine in the Trunk. He's poised to
rock-and-roll inclinations.
release his 13th album and is on the road STYLE
His virtuosity on electric and acoustic
with his Life Amplified tour.
If one descriptor encapsulates Paisley's guitar permeates his repertoire. "The
In all, he built a powerful legacy, with 32 style, it could be "deep roots." That said, he Nervous Breakdown" and "Two Feet of
top 10 singles on the country charts, three offers a noteworthy diversity and breadth Topsoil" assured audiences he was not only
Grammys, numerous awards in country and within the country genre; he can pen (and a talented singer/songwriter and charismatic
American music, and that coveted member- deliver) a sensitive ballad, create a polished front man, but a f leet-fingered player whose
ship in the Grand Ole Opry.
Nashville pop product, render a gospel chops were consistently applied in context

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