Brad Paisley: “I’ve always said that country is jazz on the bridge pickup!”

Brad Paisley
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“It’s been problematic time for us musicians to say the least,” answers Brad Paisley when Guitar World asks how 2020 will be remembered. Right now, he observes, it seems as if things are going to get a lot worse before they can get better…

“We’re in denial as a country... other places are in lockdown,” continues the multiple Grammy-winning modern country star. “We’re acting like it’s normal, and it’s not working. Musicians have all had to rethink what creativity means and of course we’re all used to the live runs that effectively feed us and lead to doing more in the studio.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).