Friday, September 16, 2011

Brad Paisley Honors His Guitar Heroes In Book Form In November

Brad Paisley's new book, Diary of a Player, will be published on November 1 by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The book is "a salute to the guitar gods of country, blues, and rock 'n' roll who have shaped his life," according to press materials. In addition, the book tells the story about how Paisley's love for his guitar is a constant theme throughout his life. Paisley co-wrote the book with David Wild, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and an Emmy-nominated television writer and producer.

From the press release notes: 
This book is the very personal story of how Brad Paisley came of age as a musician and a man. Focusing on what it means to play the guitar and how he found his voice through a series of guitars, the book will also share what he has learned about life along the way. Beginning with his own very personal love letter to the guitar and what the instrument has meant in his life as a way to find his voice in the world, the book then moves into a musical, but personal, diary. Brad tells the story of his own musical passion, while writing loving salutes and sharing memorable tales about all the great players in country, blues, and rock & roll who have inspired him over the years.

As he wrote in liner notes of his instrumental guitar album, Play, his first guitar was a gift from his grandpa when Brad was only eight. Brad quickly learned that no matter how he changed and evolved, the guitar was his only real constant. When life gets intense, he says, “there are some people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, or watch TV, cry, sleep, and so on. I play.”

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