Brad Paisley returns to his native West Virginia for special television, CD/DVD live concert package
A live concert and travel series called, “Landmarks Live in Concert,” features a September 2016 concert by Arista Nashville recording artist Brad Paisley. The multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter entered into an agreement with City Drive Films to produce the live concert and accompanying CD/DVD set at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., as part of Paisley’s 2015-2016 Country Nation College Tour. Former “Nashville Star” winner Chris Young opened the free outdoor concert for more than 15,000 fans in Paisley’s home state, which was presented by Frontier Communications and produced by IMG and ESP. The inaugural season of “Landmarks Live in Concert” premiered on PBS last fall with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who hosts interviews with guest artists about each landmark.
The new CD/DVD is titled, Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU, was filmed and recorded as Paisley was coming off his “wildly successful” Life Amplified World Tour. At least 20 cameras captured the concert as the singer and guitarist played an “electrifying” two-hour show directed by Daniel E. Catullo III (Rush, Rage Against The Machine, Dave Matthews Band). The set list includes Paisley’s consecutive No. 1 hits ‘She's Everything,’ ‘Ticks,’ ‘Online,’ ‘Letter to Me,’ ‘I'm Still A Guy’ (featuring Chris Young), and ‘Then.’
* There’s also a “very special version” of the John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads,’ which is an official West Virginia state song. Paisley was born and raised in the steel town of Wheeling, W.Va., and got his start on the Wheeling-based Jamboree USA radio show. A television broadcast of the concert titled, “Brad Paisley - Landmarks Live In Concert: A Great Performances Special,” airs Jan. 27 on PBS.
* In March, Paisley is scheduled to release his 11th studio album, Love and War, his latest Arista Nashville project that was co-produced by Paisley and along with Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Kellie Pickler, Dustin Lynch). First single, ‘Today,’ is currently No. 11 on the Mediabase Country airplay chart and No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The song is “resonating with fans worldwide,” while the music video has been viewed more than 30 million times, according to a news item posted on BradPaisley.com.
* Love and War is the follow up to 2014’s Moonshine in the Trunk, which is Paisley’s eighth album to reach No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, while getting all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The singles ‘River Bank,’ ‘Perfect Storm,’ ‘Crushin' It,’ and ‘Country Nation’ were all Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with ‘Perfect Storm’ topping the Country Airplay chart.
* The continuation of Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour with special guests Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell opens 2017 with seven dates in Canada (Feb. 1-11), followed by concerts in Wilkes Barre, Pa. (Feb. 16); Hershey, Pa. (Feb. 17); and Verona, N.Y. (Feb. 18). He then heads over to the UK for the Country 2 Country Festival (March 10-12); performs at the Runaway Country Festival in Kissimmee, Fla. (March 18); and in Thackerville, Okla. (March 24) before kicking off European festival dates in Sweden (July 24-25). Paisley is also the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville called, “Diary of a Player.”
Watch Brad Paisley take a break during a concert to announce the gender of an expectant couple’s baby in the official music video for his new single, ‘Today.’
As A Matter of Fact…
* Bradley Douglas Paisley was born October 28, 1972, in Glen Dale, West Virginia. He began playing guitar at age eight and made his first public performance two years later at a local church. As a teenager, Paisley took guitar lessons from Clarence “Hank” Goddard.
* Paisley and Goddard joined forces with a couple of Goddard's friends to form Brad Paisley & the C-Notes. The young guitarist also started writing his own songs. An invitation from his junior high school principal led to play a gig at a local civic club led to a spot on the Jamboree USA radio show in nearby Wheeling.
* Over the next eight years, Paisley appeared weekly on Jamboree USA, opening for top country stars such as Little Jimmy Dickens, Roy Clark, Ricky Skaggs, and the Judds. After high school, Paisley spent two years at West Liberty State College in West Virginia before earning a full ASCAP scholarship at Belmont University in Nashville.
* While at Belmont—where he majored in music business—Paisley interned at ASCAP and Atlantic Records. He made several key connections including fellow songwriters and producers such as Kelley Lovelace and Frank Rogers. After graduating college, Paisley signed a songwriting deal with EMI Music.
* The Paisley-penned ‘Another You’ was a No. 3 country hit for David Kersh in 1997, earning the young singer-songwriter a recording contract with Arista Records the following year. Paisley’s debut single, ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ was released in February 1999 as the title track to his first album.
* Paisley scored his first No. 1 country hit in 1999 with the Kelley Lovelace composition, ‘Who Needs Pictures.’ His co-write with Chris DuBois on ‘We Danced’ is his second No. 1 from the album. Paisley has since posted 22 No. 1 singles, setting a record in 2009 for having 10 consecutive singles go to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
* The versatile singer, songwriter, and guitarist is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has sold more than 12 million albums. His extensive list of awards includes three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), and two American Music Awards.
* Brad Paisley is the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville. “Diary of a Player” highlights the artist’s life growing up in West Virginia and his rise to becoming one of country music’s biggest stars. Museum editor Michael McCall says Paisley’s life is “one worth highlighting” because of where he started. The exhibit runs through May 14.