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Inspiring, candid account of what it takes to be a guitar hero
on November 2, 2011
In 1980 when Warren Jarvis gave his 8-year old grandson a guitar for Christmas, no one at the time knew the musical power he had unleashed, or the chain of events that would propel this young West Virginian three decades later to become one the world's most regarded guitarists and "CMA Entertainer of the Year".
"Diary of Player" is Brad Paisley's candid and gracious account of the musical mentors and other forces in life that shaped his two musical voices, guitar playing and songwriting, and connects the dots through his career of collaborations with some of the best players in country, blues, and rock.
Told with Paisley's trademark wit, this 30-year narrative does not follow the insta-fame, super-idol script of late but rather portrays the years of hard work and life's compromises in pursuing one's dream, reaching it, and then some. Chronologically, it's an account of thousands of hours of practice, small gigs becoming bigger gigs, early discovery by some Country legends, songwriting, and touring. But at its core, it's a story of knowing one's bliss in life, following it, and simply not quitting.
Many will enjoy this book as I did. For Paisley fans, it's simply required reading (it'll be on the test). Gear heads will no doubt lap up the pages discussing VOX AC30 and other guitar amp minutia. Aspiring artists, and parents thereof, will take comfort in knowing even guitar gods struggle in their early years and grades aren't necessarily a showstopper in life. And everyone will enjoy reading a story about a nice guy actually finishing first.