This is somewhat of a delayed posting from our
bankrupting vacation to Las Vegas in May. As many of you know, two of my favorite country music artists are Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Both were honored at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas (with Patriot Family firmly embedded in their seats) as Female and Male Vocalists of the Year, respectively.
PatriotPartner and I had the pleasure of seeing Brad Paisley (plus Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift and Jack Ingram) play in Charlotte in late July. Paisley throws an incredible concert which rivals anything I’ve seen recently from Bon Jovi to U2 to the big names in Vegas. If Brad is coming your way, go to the show!
So, if George Strait is the current reigning “King of Country Music”, then surely Brad is Country’s Prince.
As a bit of a departure from serious subjects, I draw your attention to this profile of Brad Paisley that was featured in today’s Charlotte Observer.
There’s plenty of humor on “5th Gear” — so much that Blender magazine wrote: “If Brad Paisley weren’t a country superstar, he could be a comedian …Nashville has always welcomed punchline-packed novelty tunes, and Paisley’s well-nigh-perfect new album will deepen his reputation as a master of the art.”
Besides the humor, what sets Paisley apart from most country stars is his guitar playing. Like Keith Urban and Vince Gill, Paisley could be a lead guitarist in any country or rock band. His influences include Nashville pickers but also big names from the rock world.
When writing tunes for “5th Gear,” he found himself in a reflective mood about his teen years because he was about to become a father.
“It’s the closest I get to a second chance — this little boy,” the proud papa said.
William Huckleberry Paisley was born in February. Dad came up with the middle name, which is what the parents are calling him.
“I threw out the possibility of that name and Kim loved it instantly; I was instantly prepared for five more options,” he said. “We like the uniqueness of it. I love Mark Twain. I love what Huckleberry Finn as a character stood for — this free thinker, sort of outdoor adventurer.”
Long Live Prince Paisley! (And his cute wife Kim and Baby Huck Paisley, too!)