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October 22, 2009

Checking in with Brad Paisley

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Gooood morning Midnight Sunners! I hope you all slept well last night.

Don't know if you've seen it or not, but in today's paper, I had a profile of country music star Brad Paisley. He's performing tonight at the 1st Mariner Arena (tickets are available here).

He seems like a really smart, down to earth guy.

Usually when I've got an interview with an A-list musician, their publicist calls me, then connects me to them. Not with Paisley ...

My phone rang, I picked it up, and it was him. I told him about the publicist thing and he said:

"That's a pain in the butt. I just make phone calls."

We talked about how he likes using nostalgia in his music, and his guitar playing. If you don't know much about Paisley, he's every bit as good a guitarist as he is a songwriter. And whether or not you like pop country, you have to admit -- 10 straight No. 1 singles is impressive.

(Handout photo by Kurt Markus)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:44 AM | | Comments (3)


With the sad passing of some of Country music's finest guitarist over the last few years, Brad stands ready to accept the throne as the premier guitarist in Country music today. With his recent instrumental album he proved that he can ably play the guitar in any genre of music. It surprises me that to this day I still meet people who have heard Brad's music but do not realize he is the lead guitarist. The man can flat out play the guitar!

nice article! i'll bet he was fun to interview.
the man CAN play the guitar!

All I can say is WOW - what a performance.

Best Country show I've ever attended.
I am now a true Brad Paisley fan.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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