Tag Archives: Country

Brad Paisley guitar

Brad Paisley Signature Esquire

Brad Paisley guitar

Working-Man’s Guitar

Fender’s new Brad Paisley Signature Esquire guitar was made in collaboration with the Grammy winning artist, a member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN). The guitar takes the elements that have made the Esquire a staple and provides subtle upgrades, including a Seymour Duncan Brad Paisley Signature “Secret Agent” neck pickup hidden under a pickguard adorned in a custom paisley pattern—keeping the image of the instrument intact while delivering a robust palette of sounds.



Elliott McClain, Country


In his debut album, Pianist Elliott McClain of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) honors the traditional country songs for which his hometown of Nashville is known. “You Don’t Know Me” is a nod to Ray Charles’ cover and is influenced by the piano stylings of jazz great Gene Harris. Perhaps his favorite performance on the album is “Faint of Heart,” a song by Vince Gill (Local 257). Other tracks cover songs popularized by Willie Nelson of Local 433 (Austin, TX), Dwight Yoakam of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, and Glen Campbell.

McClain is known for his improvisational skills and expressive playing style. Blind since birth, Elliott began playing the piano at the age of four and was influenced by radio and his uncle’s record collection. He was especially drawn to live radio programming and recordings of live performances. Jazz and blues deeply inform his compositions and interpretations. 


Dierks Bentley

Seven albums into his career, Riser was a defining album for 14-time Grammy nominated country singer/songwriter, restauranteur, and philanthropist Dierks Bentley, of Local 257 (Nashville, TN). The album’s blend of down-home party music and introspective ballads resulted in one of the most personal of his career, garnering rave reviews, critical accolades and chart-topping success.
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Riser, Capitol Nashville/UMe will release it on vinyl for the first time on January 31, 2020. The record will be available on standard black vinyl as well as on limited edition translucent orange vinyl, exclusively available via uDiscover and UMG Nashville’s web stores.  
Embraced by Bentley’s fans as well as country radio, Riser topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and marked his fifth career debut in the top spot and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Album.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs

Author Martin Popoff examines the music of Led Zeppelin as a complex amalgam of blues, rock, folk, and country. He details each of the group’s 81 studio tracks—how and why they were created and the historical context, as well as the recording process. Sidebars detail personnel and instrumentation for each album. The book contains many rare performance and offstage photographs, along with memorabilia.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs, by Martin Popoff,
Voyageur Press, www.quartoknows.com.

Woman Walk

Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives

Woman WalkA celebration of women in country, Americana, and bluegrass music, Woman Walk the Line is a collection of deeply personal essays from some of America’s most intriguing women writers. From Maybelle Carter to Dolly Parton of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), k.d. lang of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC) to Taylor Swift of Local 257 to Rosanne Cash of Local 802 (New York City), Woman Walk the Line speaks to the ways in which artists mark their lives at different ages and in various states of grace and imperfection—and ultimately how music transforms, not just the person making it, but also the listener.

Dolly Parton Launches Album to Benefit Imagination Library

On September 29, Dolly Parton of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) releases her first children’s album, I Believe in You. Proceeds from the album will go to the Imagination Library, which provides monthly, new, age-appropriate books to children in four countries. Founded 20 years ago in Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, the organization has served more than one million kids. The most honored female country performer of all time, Parton has been a member of the union for 50 years this December.