|Brad Paisley is one of country’s most prominent artists who helped propel the genre into the 21st century. With more than a dozen country No. 1 singles and a handful of platinum albums, Paisley has become a hallmark of commercial and critical success and is a mainstay on the radio. His hits include “I’m Still a Guy,” “Mud on the Tires,” “She’s Everything,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” and “Online.” Buy your Brad Paisley tickets now to see one of country music’s contemporary legends live!
Born and raised in West Virginia, Paisley was a natural performer from a young age. He picked up his first guitar at 8 years old and soon was performing locally at church and school. By junior high, Paisley had formed his first band and his school principal invited him to perform at the local Rotary Club. That performance would be a major break for Paisley, as the director of one of country’s major radio stations was at the event. He asked Paisley to play on “Jamboree USA,” a weekend radio program. Paisley was hired on as a regular musician on the show for the next several years, becoming a Jamboree staple as he finished high school and began his college education.
Rise to fame
Paisley received a full ASCAP sponsorship to attend Belmont University in Nashville and made connections around town while he studied. When the burgeoning artist graduated, he signed a songwriting contract with EMI and was soon signed by Arista Records. In summer 1999, Paisley’s debut album, Who Needs Pictures, quickly went platinum and began a 12-year run of uninterrupted top 10 country hits. At age 28, Paisley became the youngest musician inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2001.
Paisley’s second LP, Part II, indicated that the musician was in the spotlight for the long run. The sophomore work produced four top 10 singles, including “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” which peaked at No. 1. However, the artist’s true rise to becoming a modern-day country icon corresponded with his third full-length album, Mud on the Tires. After debuting at the peak of the country album charts, Mud on the Tires went double platinum. This success was followed in 2005 by the LP Time Well Wasted, which racked up four Grammy nominations and best album awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
Paisley’s success within the country genre continued, but he took an artistic turn on his next album, Play. Almost entirely composed of instrumental tracks, Play had Paisley collaborating with numerous legendary musicians and strayed from his mainstream sound. During this period, Paisley began experimenting more as an artist, and his 2009 follow-up, American Saturday Night, garnered him crossover appeal. The album brought him another handful of hit singles, including “Welcome to the Future” and “Water.”
In the following years, Paisley expanded his celebrity status with continued new releases and a musician’s memoir titled “Diary of a Player.” In April 2013, Paisley released his ninth full-length album, Wheelhouse. A year later, Paisley released his 10th studio LP, Moonshine in the Trunk.