Brad Paisley Covers Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’ [LISTEN]
Paisley performed the song as part of Joy Week on the "Bobby Bones Show," and while he had a bit of trouble remembering the words, his guitar work toward the end of the tune highlights both the song's highly recognizable licks and his own skills on the instrument.
"Layla" was written by Clapton and Jim Gordon for their band Derek and the Dominos and was released on their 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Although it's considered a classic song today, the original version of "Layla" wasn't a success. However, a 1972 re-release charted well, and and Clapton's stripped-down version from MTV's Unplugged, recorded and released 20 years later, in 1992, also did well on the charts.
Paisley himself has earned fans thanks not just to his music but to his guitar skills as well. The singer recently brought 21-year-old guitarist Dale Baum, who goes by Blaze, on stage to jam after the young guitar wizard caught Paisley's attention with a video he made praising Paisley's guitar skills.
“Amazing guitar playing blows my mind,” Blaze says. He heard Paisley on the radio one day, but he didn't know who he was at the time. "I found out later [the artist on the radio] was Brad Paisley. That’s what brought me to country music. I really appreciate great musical skills.”
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