DIARY - 30 MARCH 2004 - BRAD PAISLEY
"Someday I'm gonna be famous, do I have talent, well no/ these days
you don't really need it, thanks to reality shows." - Celebrity
- Brad Paisley.
Paisley and Kimberley Williams
West Virginian Brad Paisley wed actress Kimberley Williams he had
new insight on Hollyweird.
The singer wrote satirical smash hit Celebrity about the reality
TV growth industry that spat out a vast vat of non-talent twerps.
The song, whose video and third album Mud On The Tyres (Arista-BMG)
featured Opry comedian Little Jimmy Dickens, shot the album to mainstream
But Paisley, 31, says the song was not inspired by his bride or prang
prone Leann Rimes but a Nashville bumper sticker "celebrity in
wait to date a super model, can't wait to sue my dad/ can't wait to wreck
a Ferrari on my way to rehab/ 'cause when you're a celebrity, it's adios
reality/ you can act just like a fool/ people think you're cool, just
'cause you're on TV"
Paisley's choice of the song as a sales catalyst of a 16 track disc, featuring
Alison Krauss and a raft of stone country legends, worked.
"I wanted was to make the concept something fun," Paisley revealed,
"it didn't need to be the way Joan Baez would have sung about celebrity.
It needed to be almost a Joe Walsh approach to it. It's fun to sing about
celebrity problems because a lot of their problems are the kind of things
all of us would love to have, myself included, even though I'm a semi
Self-deprecation fits Paisley, once romantically linked with duet partner
Chely Wright, and lampooned by Charlie Robison.
"You can get married for a month," says Paisley, "there's
nothing strange about that. I find it fascinating, exciting, and I'm really
glad they exist. It's more fun to have a world with weirdness. I don't
want to eradicate that kind of behaviour. We need more of it.
We make them that way."
Famous People, penned by Paisley collaborators Chris DuBois and Chris
Wallin, is a companion song of sorts and dedicated to Nashville song writer
Randy Hardison who was kissed by fame when he was murdered.
The tale of a Kentuckian high school footy star, oft mistaken for a movie
idol, has a whimsical focus.
"I saw it as so different from Celebrity," says Paisley, "Okay,
it's dealing with a famous guy. It's more about a redneck who doesn't
handle it. He knows he's annoying the guy to death with the things he's
plays guitar throughout the disc, kicked off by the title track with
Union Station banjo player Ron Block who guests on Famous People
and The Best Thing That I Had Going.
Fellow band members Jerry Douglas (dobro) and Dan Tyminksi harmonise
when their pal Krauss duets with Paisley on haunting Bill Anderson-Jon
Randall double death ode Whiskey Lullaby.
Paisley believed the tale of a woman, who drank herself to death after
her lover went to God the same way, was too dark.
it's one guy singing it sounds like the saddest thing in the world,"
Paisley said, "with a duet it sounds like each person is giving their
version of the song. Alison brought it to a commercial point which it
would have never have reached."
Paisley enlisted "celebrities" Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd to
harmonise on That's Love after he appeared on their sitcom which also
stars his spouse.
Other guests are Red Volkaert, successor to Roy Nicholls in Merle Haggard's
Strangers, on guitar on Spaghetti Western Swing on which George Jones,
Anderson and Dickens add vocals.
Vince Gill harmonises on Hold Me in Your Arms and finale Farther
Along, dedicated to Carolynn Gilmer - wife of Brad's West Texas born
manager Jimmy who cut the historic hit, Sugar Shack.
Gilmer is a sidekick of Lloyd Maines daughter Natalie, making her second
Australian tour with the Dixie Chicks.
Inclusion of bonus tracks, such as oft-recorded stone country weeper Is
It Raining At Your House (Hank Cochran-Dean Dillon-Vern Gosdin) and vocal
and instrumental cuts of Make A Mistake, may be an attempt to prove Paisley
is the real deal.
That's not necessary for Paisley who wrote nine tunes including his prison
ode The Cigar Song and drenches many tunes with Randel Currie's
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