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Brad Paisley Sets Release Date for ‘Diary of a Player’

Howard Books

CMA Entertainer of the Year? Check. One of country music’s best-selling and most beloved acts? Check. Those accolades all litter Brad Paisley‘s impressive resume, and the singer-guitarist is about to add another new title to his list of accomplishments — and that’s author. Paisley is gearing up to release his first major book, ‘Diary of a Player,’ via the Simon and Schuster imprint Howard Books. The tome lands on bookseller shelves on November 1.

The book is described as a salute to the guitar gods that have shaped Paisley’s life and his work, and they range from the obvious genre like country to blues to rock ‘n’ roll. Paisley is one of country music’s most talented and versatile players, and it’ll be interesting to read his take on who inspired him.

Paisley co-penned the book with David Wild, who is a Rolling Stone contributing editor and a television writer and producer with Emmy nominations on his resume.

So why did Paisley choose to pay tribute to axe slingers for his first major book? Well, when the musician was 8, his grandfather gifted him with a guitar and that present would go on to alter the course of his life. By 12, Paisley had already written his first song. By his 13th birthday, he was performing and opening for the Judds, Ricky Skaggs and more!

“It is a love letter to the guitar,” says Howard Books vice president and publisher Jonathan Merkh in a press release about Paisley’s book. “The book pays homage to an instrument that Paisley realized was his only real constant no matter how he changed and evolved.”

Paisley summed up the importance of the instrument in his life in blue collar terms. He says, “There are some people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, or watch TV, cry, sleep and so on. I play.”

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