03/07/14 - Multi-Grammy Award and ACM Award winning Country artist, Brad Paisley, announced today his first ever concert in Bangor, ME which is set to take place at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Sunday, June 15th as part of the 2014 Machias Savings Bank Concert Series.
Paisley will be touring this Summer to support "Wheelhouse," his 10th studio LP which came out in April 2013, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, with 100,000 copies sold in its first week.
Tickets for this show will go on sale starting Friday, March 14 at 10:00am via www.waterfrontconcerts.com.
The piece, a silhouette of Paisley's home state West Virginia, is embedded in one of two stone walls of the drum room in his converted home studio. The state represents the place where he first acquired the skills that coalesced into one of contemporary country's most important careers. The studio itself is where he essentially started over, producing himself for the first time and figuratively rebooting a career that was already the envy of most of Paisley's peers.
The rock reminder of West Virginia definitely belongs on the Middle Tennessee property. Paisley can't escape his past – nor would he want to. The 21 #1s, the three awards from ASCAP as the Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year, the 14 Country Music Association awards (including a win as Entertainer of the Year) and the 14 Academy of Country Music awards provide evidence that he has figured out how to connect in a big way with both the public and the country music business.
But as much as his past informs who he is, Paisley was inspired in this album to take a flying leap off a creative cliff. The album is called Wheelhouse, in part, because of the first line in the first song, "Southern Comfort Zone." The studio is now christened the Wheelhouse because Paisley changed his own comfort zone while recording the album.
"Whatever we do here," Paisley says in the studio's piano room, "whatever ends up coming out of here on an album, must end up eventually being in my wheelhouse. Because I've done it."
Much of what ended up among the 17 tracks on Wheelhouse was a result of Paisley's dedication to challenge. He'd never been his own producer, never commissioned a studio, never recorded an album without falling back on some of Nashville's studio musicians and never tackled some of the difficult themes that are present in the album. Certainly not in the way that he approached them on Wheelhouse.
As he experienced a creative rebirth on Wheelhouse, he began to ponder: When does one truly start living? He realized one experiences life most in the midst of personal challenge.
"You're alive when that girl you thought you'd marry is driving away in the limousine with someone else," he says. "And you're alive when you're standing in Paris looking at the Eiffel Tower, and you know when you go back to Nashville, you'll never be the same. And you're alive when you stand up for something you believe in and aren't afraid to do that. And you're alive when your first child is born, and that love you feel is so much larger than you ever imagined possible. That's why I wrote that. That song was meant to be the exclamation point."
It's the final piece of his transition as Paisley moves into the next phase of his career. He cannot – and will not – let go of his past. But he's also excited about the uncertainty of the future. The West Virginia stone is a reminder of where he's been. The Wheelhouse and its namesake album are the starting point for the rest of Brad Paisley's creative journey.
￼￼￼￼￼General Public ticket sale begins FRIDAY, MARCH 14th AT 10:00AM
Tickets prices range from $32.25 to $101.25
Reserved Seating & General Admission
- PLUS ANY APPLICABLE FEES DEPENDING ON PURCHASE OUTLET -
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