Brad Paisley, "Poor" Guitar Player?


CBS News chief Washington correspondent and moderator of "Face The Nation" Bob Schieffer and Brad Paisley at the Ryman Auditorium. 2008 Copyright Grand Ole Opry. Photo by Hollo Photographics, Inc.

Oct. 8, 2008 — Brad Paisley is generally regarded as one of the best guitar players in country music, but when he was attending Nashville’s Belmont University, one of his guitar instructors gave him a D for one semester.

The poor grade was apparently earned, "mostly because I skipped too many lessons," Brad told The Tennessean. "I had to go barter with the guy. I got it changed to a C in exchange for really working hard and making up the stuff that I missed."

As one would expect from someone who’s known for pulling pranks on his fellow artists during concert tours, Brad was also quite mischievous at Belmont, which boasts a music-business program and has a first-rate recording studio on campus. In fact, he jokes that he single-handedly was the reason college officials had security cameras installed in the facility.

"[Once] we broke into the studio, [and] we stayed all night when we weren't allowed," he said. "We would be loading our equipment back into the storage closet at school. [Belmont's] Bob Mulloy came in one morning, and we were in the process of putting speakers away, and we turned right around and started unloading everything and pretending like we were setting up for a 7 a.m session when we had actually been there all night."

Belmont got scads of national attention on Tuesday by hosting the debate between presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Belmont grad Josh Turner was among those attending the historical event. Josh, Brad and fellow alumni Trisha Yearwood and Julie Roberts also played a special show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Sunday for visitors in town working on the debate. The Ryman show included a surprise performance by CBS correspondent Bob Schieffer.