Country Music Hall of Fame


Brad Paisley: Diary of a Player

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.


Brad Paisley plays his hit “Online” in this Grand Ole Opry clip from 2007. Paisley joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry on February 17, 2001.