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Brad Paisley - Play: The Guitar Albumdotdotdotdot
artworkCountry artist Brad Paisley often includes an instro on his albums, and as often as not, there are hints of surf and rock production values. In late 2008, he released this all instro album... about time I say! This album is very well produced, and there are some very surfable tracks. If you hear no other instros from Brad Paisley, you must hear "Turf's Up!."
Picks: Huckleberry Jam, Turf's Up, Kim, Departure, Playing With Fire, Kentucky Jelly, Les Is More, Pre-Cluster Cluster Pluck Prequel, Cluster Pluck, Cliffs Of Rock City, What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Track by Track Review


Huckleberry Jam dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"Huckleberry Jam" is just as country jammin' fun as you might expect. Brad Paisley plays with a big grin and spunk. Great picking and simple country fun with extreme precision. All joy!

Turf's Up dotdotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Hawaiian laps steel chords and accompaniment support a very surfable melody riff. "Turf's Up" is a very upbeat track, and the baritone guitar adds a modern surf edge, as do the glissandos and double picking. The drum break is very cool too. If you didn't think cowboys could play surf, this will shatter that illusion!

Kim dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"Kim" is a soft and easy steel and guitar number with absolutely beautiful playing. All I can say is, Brad Paisley sure can play!

Departure dotdotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very cool highway 1 kinda surf song with inland roots. "Departure" is a splendid blend of the curl and waves of grain. Really nice!

Playing With Fire dotdotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Great picking and synergy among the players in this grand instrumental. It's hard not to be impressed with the skill, and harder not to get carried away with the energy and flow.

Kentucky Jelly dotdotdotdot
Country Blues (Instrumental)

This has an almost Jimmy Miller - Rolling Stones roadhouse feel to it. Its bluesy guts and slithering cool lines are very compelling.

Les Is More dotdotdot
Country Jazz (Instrumental)

"Les Is More" is a light jazzy number that might nod to Chet Atkins or Johnny Smith, but is more modern than just that. Very good playing and sense of ensemble.

Pre-Cluster Cluster Pluck Prequel dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

How can you not wonder about a song with a title like this? A conversation about players is amped with their styles for a cross section of everyone from James Burton and Albert Lee to Johnny Jorgenson and more. "Pre-Cluster Cluster Pluck Prequel" serves as an intro to "Cluster Pluck."

Cluster Pluck dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

So... The risque' title calls out lines and riffs from many a great player in a splendid fast set of verses over great drums and bass. This is too fun!

Cliffs Of Rock City dotdotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

Slow steel, a great riff, dramatic bass and drums... and that's just the opener. "Cliffs Of Rock City" is a super rocker with country roots. Its melody is very good, and the tone and edge are superb. The production values are very good - very rock'n'roll like.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus" is played on acoustic guitar. Simply beautiful!