Brad Paisley and Country Music Essay

1304 Words Apr 16th, 2005 6 Pages
When country music began in America, there were no professional musicians. The typical musician sang only to entertain himself, his family or at local events. There is evidence of square dance-like events as far back as the 1830s (with origins in European country dancing). At first, most country music was either sung by itself or played on a lone fiddle or banjo. A good fiddler was a very popular person and was often asked to perform at events ranging from weddings to cattle drives. There was no concerted effort to preserve the songs played, but the songs that people loved lasted as they were passed from town to town or generation to generation. Songs traveled with wandering minstrels and soldiers as well as those who moved across the …show more content…
They became an accurate way for the more isolated town-folk to hear about happenings in the rest of the world. Brad Paisley is an up and coming country star and is personally one of my favorites. He was born on October 28,1972 in Glen Dale, West Virginia. As of now he has a home with his wife Kimberly Paisley, who is an actress, in Franklin, Tennessee. His love for music began when he was eight years old and his grandfather gave him his first guitar. His first public performance was in his church at age nine, at age 12 Paisley wrote his first song, "Born on Christmas Day." His junior high school principal heard it and asked him to do it at the next Rotary Club meeting. In the audience that day was Tom Miller, program director for WWVA, Wheeling's country radio powerhouse, and by age 13 he was the opening act for The Judds, George Jones, Steve Wariner, and Ricky Skaggs. Some of his idols in the music business were Chet Atkins, Roger Miller, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Buck Owens, Steve Wariner, and Hank Goddard who was a hometown hero. After high school, Paisley began his studies West Liberty College. But his college advisor, Jim Watson kept urging him to move to Nashville and enroll in the Belmont University music business program. Initially, Paisley resisted, preferring instead to remain close to home with his girlfriend and his college and musical buddies. But when he came to Nashville to attend a friend's wedding, he stayed

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