I don’t have an exact count, but Brad Paisley could very well be the country artist that I have seen perform live more times than any other. Jamboree In The Hills music festival is very near and dear to Paisley’s heart as the venue is located less than an hour away from his childhood home town!
Brad Paisley kicked off his Jamboree In The Hills ’16 set with “Crushin’ It,” “The World” and “Water,” ensuring an incredible start for his headlining performance. Paisley was backed by a massive video screen which featured many different visuals throughout the show. Brad’s performance of his current single, “Without A Fight,” a duet with Demi Lovato, proved to be the most interactive use of the screen.
One of my all-time favorite Brad Paisley songs, “This Is Country Music” led to one of the major highlights of Paisley’s set. While the song generally ends with a listing off of classic country songs, Brad transitioned into a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.”
Throughout his set, Brad invited a handful of guest artists to the stage for special performances. Tyler Farr, who had performed a set earlier in the evening joined Brad on stage for “I’m Still A Guy,” while Maddie & Tae assisted with the heartbreaking “Whiskey Lullaby.” If those guests weren’t special enough, Brad still had some surprises up his sleeve. The 11/70 band was up next. “Who or what is 11/70?” you may ask? I was informed that not only are these guys local legends who have been playing all over West Virginia and southern Ohio for decades! In fact, Brad credits them for being the reason he learned to play guitar! The very special guests performed an impressive “Guitars, Cadillacs,” written and made famous by Dwight Yoakam. If that wasn’t cool enough, Brad would invite Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers to the stage in what would likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the fans in attendance!
The remainder of Brad Paisley’s set would include a long list of hits recorded over the past 15 years. I was kind of bummed that neither of Brad’s 1999 singles were performed, but being a party crowd, Jamboree In The Hills may not be the best place for “Who Needs Pictures” or “He Didn’t Have To Be.”
I know most of the readers here at BORN Country tune in to read about classic 90’s country music, but if you are writing Paisley off as being too “new,” take my word and look into his music. I don’t think that you’ll regret it! Even more importantly, see him LIVE! I’ve attended nearly ten of his concerts and I will absolutely continue to see him any time that he comes through town!