June 16, 2008 Brad Paisleys been working for several months on an instrumental album that promises to be quite good for a number of reasons not the least of which is the stellar cast of guest musicians that appear on the disc.
One track has Brad swapping solos with the seven guitarists who were his biggest influence on the Telecaster: Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, ex-Desert Rose Band member John Jorgenson, Brent Mason (who played on "Chattahoochee"), Albert Lee ("Two More Bottles Of Wine"), James Burton ("Burning Love") and Redd Volkaert, of Merle Haggards Strangers.
"Youd think that could be a disaster," Brad says of the crowded lineup, "but it worked out really well the way everythings arranged. Theres enough room for everybody to show off a little bit."
One of Brads favorite moments came when he recorded "More Than Just A Song" with longtime friend Steve Wariner. The song is a tribute to two of their guitar teachers: Hank Goddard, who taught Brad in West Virginia; and Chet Atkins, who employed Steve and produced his first RCA recordings.
"He played Chets guitar, and then I played Hanks," Brad notes. "The song ends with those two guitars playing finger-style together and fades out, and its one of my favorite pieces of romance that Ive ever captured on tape."
The session also included one of those this-was-meant-to-be moments. Both of their mentors have passed away, and Brad opened up Hanks guitar case for the first time at the recording session.
"In the case, right there sitting on it, was the bulleting from his funeral service," Brad recalls. "When Steve saw it opened he was just carrying in Chets guitar he said, Oh, you are gonna flip out. He opened up Chets guitar and in it was his funeral service from where Steve was the music director for it, and theyre sitting there, both of them identical looking, both of them a black-and-white bulletin with their photo."
Those two pictures will likely be incorporated in the artwork for the album, which will also pair Brad up with the late Buck Owens and with blues legend B.B. King. A release date has yet to be announced.