DIARY - 15 DECEMBER 2008 - BRAD PAISLEY CD REVIEW
PAISLEY PASSION PLAY
Paisley doesn't just pay tributes to his heroes on his fifth album
- he shares licks with many.
Let's get young guns out of the chute first - the acclaimed West Virginia
born guitar ace duets with expatriate superstar Keith Urban, 41, on
their latest hit Start A Band.
The lads performed the song live as they kicked off the recent 42nd
CMA Awards show in Nashville.
Paisley made mildly risqué jokes as one of the show's hosts
- along with Oklahoma star Carrie Underwood who was not two stepping
backstage with Faith Hill.
He also performed his recent hit Waitin' on a Woman - named
Video of the Year and featuring octogenarian singing actor Andy Griffith.
picked some solo guitar in a brief tribute to the late Grammy award singing
actor and hotshot guitarist Jerry Reed, who died at 71 on September 1,
and was named Male Vocalist of the Year.
was then and this is now for an album that topped the all genre Billboard
Top 200 album sales charts on debut.
An amazing feat - considering there are 11 instrumentals on this 16-track
GIVES A HUCK
Paisley entrees his album off with Huckleberry Jam - the first
of his instrumentals that slip into gear alongside the punny surf pastiche
Turf's Up and Kim.
Well, Huckleberry is named after his eldest infant son and Kim after his
actress wife Kimberley.
So you might guess that Les Paul, now 93 and still performing, inspired
Les Is More.
When you punt on instrumentals you could be excused for punning for gold.
Steve Wariner joins the hotshot on their co-write of Chet Atkins tribute
More Than Just This Song - "Mr. Guitar came into my life/And
let me live this dream."
B. B. King indulges in energetic genre crossing on Let The Good Times
Roll and Mr Snoop Dogg imparts the vocal intro on instrumental Kentucky
A CLUSTER PLUCK
the puns climax on Cluster Pluck with the axe army James Burton,
Red Volkaert, Albert Lee, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, John Jorgensen
and Wariner joining young Brad.
Truly orgasmic for guitar gurus but more historic and prophetic is
Come On In - with Buck Owens on vocals, mandolin and dobro.
Buck might have gone to God at 76 on March 25, 2006 but sounds in
better nick than Andy Griffith, 82, who joins Brad on belated hit
Waitin' On A Woman, reprised from his 2005 Time Well Wasted
It was definitely Andy's role in the video, not his world-weary vocals
that made this a hit and bonus track.
was a variation on Griffith's role in Adrienne Shelly's film Waitress.
While remembering octogenarian video heroes let's not forget Grand Ole
Opry icon Little Jimmy Dickens for his role as Grandpa Paisley in the
Pre-Cluster Cluster Pluck Prequel.
So is this good value?
Well, bravo to Paisley for blasting it past the Music Row gatekeepers
at the age of 35.
I suspect the vocal duets and its Billboard chart debut at #1 will keep
the werewolves from the studio door.
And, of course, add fuel to the blazing sales fire that will hopefully
bring Paisley here on a tour - strategically with Urban if record companies,
booking agents and managers can ensure their ducks and ducts fly are in
the right row.
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