November 18, 2016 - May 14, 2017
Brad Paisley’s journey began with a Sears Silvertone electric guitar at age eight. In 1985, at thirteen, he played the renowned WWVA’s Jamboree USA, a radio broadcaston which he continued to perform, sharpening his craft and developing his sound. Through a thoughtful blend of tradition and technical know-how, combined with his raw imagination, Paisley launched a Grammy-winning career.
The exhibition Diary of a Player, which runs November 18, 2016 through May 14, 2017, tells the story of this child prodigy turned superstar.
“There are many who pick up a guitar at a young age with the hope of turning it into a career someday,” says Museum CEO Kyle Young. “There are few who stick with it, and even fewer who go on to become an award-winning artist such as Brad Paisley.”
Diary of a Player presents never-before-seen drawings and illustrations from Paisley’s childhood, alongside a stunning collection of Paisley’s storied instruments, including the Silvertone that started it all, performance clothing, awards, manuscripts, and other mementos that illuminate Paisley’s life and career.