Country singer-songwriter Brad Paisley has an understanding of how important the Grand Ole Opry has been to musicians over the years.
Paisley and Blake Shelton, both Grand Ole Opry members, team up for “Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music” that was shown on NBC on Sunday.
During the special, Brad Paisley performs his new song, “Off Road,” in a simple acoustic presentation. Before launching into the song, he has a few words for some special performers out there.
“A lot of Opry history has been made by amazing female artists who refused to stay in their lane,” Paisley said. “I wanted to sing this tonight for all the women of the Opry, past and present, who have made this and the world such an interesting place. Roadblocks never stopped a country girl, I’d say.”
Take a look at Paisley singing this song.
As Paisley is singing, you can look above him and see a video of clips with some of the Opry’s most respected female country music artists.
Brad Paisley Gets Signature Series Fender Esquire Guitar
One thing an artist does before hitting the stage is to make sure the musical equipment is in good shape. This is something that led to the creation of the Brad Paisley Esquire signature guitar.
Understand, though, that this isn’t just any guitar. Paisley received a legendary Fender Esquire that he collaborated with around its creation. The color is a black-but-finished look which has a stunning trademarked sparkle lacquer. A Paisley pickguard at the end of enhanced “V”-shaped maple neck tops off the handiwork.
Listening to Paisley discuss the custom-designed guitar is quite special. He understands detail in a guitar. In fact, a very specific detail has been added to this Esquire.
“Hidden underneath this pickguard … is a pick-up specifically designed to pick up the strings without pulling too much on them,” Paisley said. He also said this allows for the full sort of free vibration that usually happens with an Esquire.
Paisley said this is not something you can typically do with an Esquire.
“It’s allowed everything to sort of just completely and aggressively go between this cable and your amplifier,” he said. “It’s just a punch in the face.”