Steve Wariner Celebrates Brad Paisley’s Growth


Steve Wariner photo courtesy of Karen Byrd Public Relations

Jan. 28, 2009 — Brad Paisley’s song "Cluster Pluck," featured on his latest album Play, is currently nominated for an instrumental Grammy award for Brad and his seven guest musicians, including Vince Gill, James Burton and Steve Wariner.

The nomination is just the latest show of support Brad’s received from the industry, which voted him a finalist this year for the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year. Steve first met Brad in West Virginia during the 1980s, and he says he always thought Brad had the potential to reach this level.

"It does not surprise me," Steve says. "I used to watch him when he was 14, 15 years old, and I’d do shows with him when he would be playin’ and I’d be standin’ watchin’ him thinkin’, ‘This kid has got somethin' goin’ on. He knows somethin'.’ And as it turns out I was right. I mean, you just watch him, he’s wise beyond his years. But he’s always been that way, real serious about his music, always learning, always workin’ on it. Even back then he was. He was on fire for it."

One way in which Brad has surprised Steve, though, is his flair for visual graphics and its place his concert presentation.

"He showed me some of his cartooning," Steve recalls, "and I went, ‘Get out of here, man. Are you kiddin’ me? I didn’t know you did that.’ So he’s really a talented guy and a thinker — really talented guy."

Steve knows a thing or two about art. He paints as a sideline. Steve and his wife, Caryn, plan to be in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards Feb. 8. If "Cluster Pluck" wins, it’ll mark the second Country Instrumental Grammy for both Brad and Steve.