Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with “Play,” a mostly instrumental album due this week via Arista Nashville.
Among the guests on the 15-track collection are B.B. King, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, James Burton and the late Buck Owens. Only four of the tracks feature vocals, including the King-enhanced “Let the Good Times Roll” and the Urban-featuring “Start a Band.”
“Come on In” was written and recorded by Owens but was unfinished prior to his 2006 death. Elsewhere, Paisley salutes Les Paul on “Les Is More,” jams with seven guitarists (including Gill, Lee and Burton) on “Cluster Pluck” and takes a gospel turn with the traditional “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
Paisley worked with longtime producer Frank Rogers to record an album that would be palatable to fans who were not guitar aficionados. “The last thing people want to hear is stuff that you have to have a music degree to enjoy. We made this record a little more relatable and commercial than expected,” he says.