Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley recently published his first major book titled Diary of a Player with Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Paisley co-wrote the book with David Wild, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and an Emmy nominated television writer and producer. Released yesterday (11/1), the book is a salute to the guitar gods of country, blues, and rock & roll who have shaped Paisley’s life.
Last night (11/1) Paisley appeared on ABC’s Nightline to talk about the influences behind his new book. One of those influences, Paisley said, was his grandfather. “He said, ‘You can play this instrument and three or four hours later, not remember what you were upset about,'” Paisley explained. “And that’s all he wanted. He didn’t care if I was ever, you know, successful. He wanted me to be happy.”
Paisley will also appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, he will continue his television appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America at 7 a.m., CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight at 9 p.m. and On the Record with Greta on Fox News at 10 p.m.
Next week, Paisley will co-host The 45th Annual CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. The CMA Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC.