CD REVIEW: Brad Paisley - Play
By Don Sechelski - 11/24/2008 - 07:51 PM EST
Artist: Brad Paisley Album: Play Label: Arista Website:http://www.bradpaisley.com Genre: Country/Rock Technical Grade: 10/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10 Commercial Value: 10/10 Overall Talent Level: 10/10 Best Songs: Cliffs Of Rock City, Kim, Turf's Up CD Review:
I must admit, I'm not much of a fan
for Top 40 Country. But I love great guitar playing. Brad Paisley is probably
the best guitar player in Nashville
right now. Several years ago, I bought his Mud On The Tires LP just to
get the instrumental version of Make A Mistake With Me. I was delighted
then, to receive a copy of his new, primarily instrumental CD, Play.
When I put on the first cut, Huckleberry Jam, I knew I was in for
something special. His precision guitar work stands out from the rest. This
high tempo rocker features Paisley's guitar in
a mad romp with Justin Williamson's fiddle and Randie Currie's pedal steel.
When Turf's Up came on, I realized the Paisley
was paying his respects to surf guitar legend, Dick Dale. He captures Dale's
intensity perfectly and then takes it a step further.
Then, as I listened to Kim,
Come On In and Les Is More, I began to realize that this was Paisley's tribute to all the guitar greats who had
influenced him. I heard large doses of guitar legend, Eric Johnson, pioneers Chet
Atkins and Les Paul, as well as lesser known greats John Jorgenson and Redd
Volkaert. Blues legends, B. B. King and Albert Lee join Paisley
on songs as well as current guitar stars, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill, and Keith
Urban. Even Paisley's mentor, Buck Owens,
chimes in posthumously. His tribute to his grandfather, More Than Just This
Song, tells how his grandfather first put the instrument in his hands. Cliffs
of Rock City echoes the Eric Johnson classic, Cliffs of Dover. I listened with awe as Paisley called up all the greats with his guitar and
named them perfectly by playing in their style.
surrounded by top Nashville
veteran pickers on Play and the
production of Frank Rogers is outstanding. Play is a delight and a must
for anyone who loves the sound of an electric guitar in the hands of a master.
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