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Brad Paisley

  • American musician
  • Born October 28, 1972

Brad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Starting with his 1999 debut album Who Needs Pictures, he has released eleven studio albums and a Christmas compilation on the Arista Nashville label, with all of his albums certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has scored 32 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart, 19 of which have reached number 1. He set a new record in 2009 for the most consecutive singles (10) reaching the top spot on that chart.


There may be people in my audience who may not agree with me on some particular issue - you know, say, as a gun owner, they may not agree with me, or, you know, someone may not agree with me on a gay marriage topic. Any of those things. But those shouldn't be the reasons you listen to my music.




My dad was president of the volunteer fire department, which was within walking distance to our house. I spent several days of each week there with him - any time the whistle blew, he went. It was truly inspiring to watch him lead that way.




Even on the most serious ballads, I'll throw in a tongue-in-cheek remark.




I have a to-do list and I have a farm I care for, and things I like to do for fun - going to movies and all that stuff. It's a painfully normal life!




You look out there and there's people that, their day is changed because of your contribution to it.




Willie Nelson, out there 200 days a year, calls his band family. And it is.




That there's no more important decision in life than who you marry.




Alison Krauss is definitely my favorite singer that's ever lived. I've never heard anyone like her.




It's a very smart, progressive bunch, these people that make country music. They're not country hicks sitting behind a desk with a big cigar giving out record deals and driving round in Cadillacs with cattle horns on the front grille: it's a bunch of really wonderful, open-minded, great people down on Music Row that make this music.




I try to write like the writers I admire - I rip them off in form. It comes from George Strait and Merle Haggard records, and country music in general is really good at that, the twisted phrase... So I'm always looking for that angle in my own work.




Guitar playing isn't really for everybody.




As a guitar player, it's harder for me to impress somebody than it is to write a song that they like.




To be a true artist, I have to be true to who I am now and write that way.




I have a very down-to-earth father. My wife is an actress and famous herself is more down-to-earth than anyone I know.




I love being an enigma. Every time I'm tempted to respond to someone who tries to put me in a box, politically - you know, someone who gets on the Internet and says, you're pro-gun, or you're anti-gun - I stop and say to myself, 'This is great; this is what I wanted. I wanted to be the guy you can't figure out.'




When I made 'Who Needs Pictures,' my first album, I had been west of the Mississippi River one time in my life, and that was in fourth grade. We traveled to California for vacation and stayed with some friends of my parents. It was culture shock, and it was different.




Even in your darkest moments, you'll think of something that'll crack you up.




It just gets easier in that you become more you in the process.




It comes down to building your own world out here on the road. It's who you surround yourself with. My band and crew are really positive guys.




When I got married, I hired a great choir - the St. James Choir, an all-black gospel choir - to sing at my wedding.




Deep down, I'm just a West Virginia hillbilly.




If you fall in love with somebody, then you're not even worried about your bills. Love can take your mind off of anything.




I love any and all situations where you celebrate creativity.




My life would be very puzzling to most people if they had to follow me around for a day or two.




I don't stare at a sheet of paper and try to think of a good word to use. I try to see where the story should go.




Country music has become the music that best represents the reality of American life.




Anytime you do something from the heart, people just know it.




I've always known from the time I was eight years old what I wanted to do. I would have been fairly content to be someone's lead guitar player.




If you were to hold me to a standard of, 'What are you doing, singing about a scratch-off ticket at your level of success?' then my music's gonna be ridiculous.




When you're old-fashioned like I am, you know marriage is forever. Those vows are a promise.




I'm aware of the fact that a lot of talented people out there will never get this chance.




I go to eat dinner with my folks when I'm home. I think that's the trick.




I changed my mindset and figured, Why not try to be really entertaining instrumentally?




I don't have, you know, an 'overcoming addiction' story, other than the guitar itself, and I haven't overcome that. I don't have a jail time, you know, story, or any arrests.




In the past, I tried to be more of a typical session guitarist. I wasn't so concerned with impressing anybody.




If there's a song where there's a possibility of guitar stuff that would be fun to listen to, go for it. Don't worry about what anybody thinks.



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