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Brad Paisley Doesn’t Think He Has a Musical Legacy

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Brad Paisley has recorded 11 albums, released 37 singles and notched 18 No. 1 hits, including the multi-platinum song ‘Remind Me.’ But in spite of his success, the singer remains humble about his many accomplishments.

“I don’t feel like I have a legacy. I don’t think I’m influencing younger artists — they’re not trying to be me,” Paisley reveals to People magazine. “But I don’t say that in bitterness. I say that with realism.”

The West Virginia native shows off his humorous side every year when he serves as co-host of the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. He is also comedic in several of his songs, including ‘Ticks,’ ‘Online’ and ‘I’m Gonna Miss Her.’ But Paisley says that’s just part of why he has found a home in country music.

“This format has let me be a balladeer, and it has let me be an uptempo, fun rocker as well,” he says. “And a jokester. And I’m really honored that they don’t make me conform. I like being some sort of new artist each time.”

Paisley is also one of the most accomplished guitar players of his generation. He recently performed an unforgettable version of ‘Run Run Rudolph’ at the 2014 CMA Country Christmas with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.

The singer-songwriter released his latest album, ‘Moonshine in the Trunk,’ in August.

“It was a lot of fun this time,” he says of the project. “We built a bar in our studio house, and it was kind of a ‘if you build it, the band will come’ approach.”

Download ‘Moonshine in the Trunk’ here.

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