is the CD that I have been waiting on for Brad
Paisley to release. Paisley is the most talented
telecaster player out on the country circuits these
days, he's as good as the best session players and a
real worker at getting great tone. Paisley is a well
respected guitar player and he plain let's it loose
here. There's plenty of country pickin', with jazz,
rock, and blues thrown in for good measure.
Right now I'm listening to him jam it out with BB
King on "Let The Good Times Roll." He really plays
with a rock edge, using his tube amp to get some
overdriven sounds. I do not hear any compression on
this CD, where Paisley has used a Keeley compressor
in the past, in a recent Guitar Magazine interview,
Paisley says the only effect he uses is a Way Huge
Paisley plays tribute to
practically every style on this CD. "Turf's Up" is a
surfer rock type jam, that he nails like only he
could. "Start A Band" with Keith Urban is great,
Paisley and Urban really play well together, they
already have plans to do another song in the future.
"Come On In" is his feature with the late Buck
Owens, a typical Bakersfield type song that has that
country swing sound. A real good capture of his
roots in country music. Lots of hot picking with
even some vocals, I think only four songs on Play
have vocals, now that's instrumental.
"More Than Just This song" (with Steve Wariner),
this has such a great soothing melody, a sweet tune.
It's a song dedicated to a hometown hero who meant
the world to him. Paisley and Wariner play some of
the sweetest guitar you'll ever hear. Sometimes
Paisley just digs in and brings out these tones from
somewhere that are incredible. He really doesn't
need a compressor to get great sustain.
In "Les Is More," Paisley has to
pick up up a jazz guitar to play this tribute to Les
Paul. Paisley shows that he has a light touch too,
and just tinkles these sweet notes over a Humbucker
pickup sounding a lot like the master himself. Lots
of folk don't know that good country studio players
are usually great jazz guitarists. Brent Mason is
one of Paisley's influences and Mason put out a
great CD with his brother last year called "Smokin'
Section" which did just that, smoked, but it also
had lots of swing and jazz on it.
I reckon my favorite song is "Cluster Pluck," a real
hot country instrumental about Chicken Pickin',
Paisley puts together a piece with all of his top
influences, James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee,
John Jergenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkoert and Steve
Wariner. They all take turns doing some chickin'
pickin', all I can say is WOW!
Paisley ends this masterpiece with an acoustic
version of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". I'm
real happy for Paisley, he really gets to shine with
his guitar skills on this CD and it is something
that is a real treasure. Brad Paisley is riding at
the top of his game.