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Alumni News: Class Years 1990-1999

Paisley's (95) Eighth Album Highlights His Vocal, Instrumental, and Songwriting Skills

Friday, January 28, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kenzie Hruby
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Brad Paisley (95) is a walking testament to modern-day country’s possibilities. His albums are cornucopias of words and music that provide alternately poignant and hilarious journeys across the human landscape. A triple threat, he is recognized as one of the finest singers, songwriters, and guitar slingers of his generation

Now, with the release of his eighth album, American Saturday Night, Brad proves once again that he remains a master of his crafts. The album’s first single, "Then,” became the 14th #1 of his career – and his 10th consecutive chart-topper – extending a streak unmatched by any other country artist in nearly 20 years. The fastest rising single of his career, the song spent three weeks at #1 and has become a couples favorite, with fans adopting the ballad of love growing better over time as an "our song” unlike anything Brad has ever recorded. Indeed, his singing has never been more nuanced than in "Then,” or in "No”

Instrumentally, Brad again displays the skills that made his celebration of the guitar on his last album, Play, such a welcome part of the Paisley canon, on songs like "Catch All the Fish,” a flat-out picking extravaganza that Brad says lyrically bookends his girlfriend-versus-fish favorite, "I’m Gonna Miss Her.”

As for his songwriting, Brad co-wrote everything on the album and admits he’s never drawn more deeply on his own life than he has in these songs.


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