Brad Paisley Paints a Mural at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena
Brad Paisley paints vivid pictures in his songs, but did you know he also paints vivid pictures with an actual paintbrush?
The country star teamed with "the original guitar painter" Rob Hendon to create a funky masterpiece at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville; Paisley unveiled the painting on Jan. 22. The artwork is a colorful piece that features some of Nashville's most popular staples: a cowboy hat, the "Batman" (AT&T) building on downtown Broadway, a catfish, guitars and more.
Of course, being at Bridgestone Arena, the home of the Nashville Predators hockey club, the mural also features two detailed Predators logos and the team's tagline of "Smashville."
Country music fans are aware of Paisley's contributions to Nashville and the music world, but Hendon's are perhaps more behind-the-scenes. The painter has lived in Nashville since the mid-'80s and has had his work, primarily his "guitar art," displayed in prominent Nashville offices such Warner Brothers Records, Sony Records and Big Machine Records. His pieces have also been showcased at Billboard Magazine, Paramount Pictures and other prestigious venues across the United States and internationally. He and Paisley took credit for the Bridgestone painting by writing their names in the guitar, near the center.
Paisley unveiled the mural during his announcement that he would be adding an April 6 tour date at Bridgestone Arena. The 30-plus date Weekend Warrior World Tour, which zig-zags Paisley cross country, had yet to land the anticipated Nashville date.
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