Exploring Brad Paisley’s awe-inspiring acoustic country playing

Brad Paisley
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Country superstar Brad Paisley was born on October 28, 1972 in Glen Dale, West Virginia and began learning guitar at the age of eight. His first performances were in the local church and by his early teens he was writing his own music. 

Soon, he was performing regularly and opening for major acts like Ricky Skaggs and George Jones. Unlike many musicians, his entrance to the business followed a planned trajectory – he studied music business in college and worked as an intern at Atlantic Records, before signing a publishing contract with EMI just a week after leaving college. His first album, Who Needs Pictures, was released in 1999 and gave him his first number one country single with the beautiful ballad, We Danced.

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Stuart Ryan

Stuart Ryan is best known for his acoustic guitar playing, from Celtic fingerpicking and traditional folk to modern percussive phrasing and fresh interpretations of popular pieces. He has released several solo albums, written pieces for UK examination boards and created nine tutorial books ranging from acoustic guitar arrangements to Americana styles.