Having written the bulk of his hit records since breaking into the limelight with 1999's "Who Needs Pictures," Brad Paisley is no stranger to success as a writer. However, this week he crosses into another level of the craft, releasing his very first book, "Diary Of A Player."
The book, co-authored with David Wild and published by Howard Books, is a testament to his love of the instrument that he has such a powerful reputation with: the guitar. Paisley also shares stories of those that have influenced him along the way -- from family members to some of the legends that have strummed their way into his imagination.
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Paisley introduces us to his grandfather, Warren Jarvis. It was Jarvis who gave him his very first guitar, in a not-so-subtle way. We also meet Hank Goddard, his very first guitar teacher. He also elaborates on some of his early appearances in the West Virginia area, opening for such legends as Little Jimmy Dickens, who has become a close friend since Brad moved to Nashville.
Also discussed are many of the legends that Paisley has gotten to work with over the years. He talks about Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, James Burton, and Don Rich. He goes into great detail about his friendship with the latter's former employer, Buck Owens. It was Buck who loaned him his jacket from his "Live At Carnegie Hall" album for his induction into the Grand Ole Opry. Brad also writes of the delight of getting to sit in with the Buckaroos at Owens' Crystal Palace. And, there's an interesting story about how Paisley would hide certain parts of his touring entourage from Owens - who warned Paisley of spending too much money on travel.
The book is a very interesting story of Paisley's ride to the top, as well as a tribute to some of the people who -- directly or indirectly -- helped to get him there.