Brad Paisley may be one of the most successful country musicians, but he doesn’t feel like he’s leaving a lasting impression on the next generation of musicians.
He tells People, “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. But I don’t say that in bitterness. I say that with realism.”
He says his music hasn’t been branded as any one type of country, which has allowed him to re-invent himself. “This format has let me be a balladeer and it has let me be an up-tempo fun rocker as well. 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.”
Surprisingly, he thinks musicians will have a better chance of becoming permanent fixture in the genre if they pay close attention to what the new blood is bringing into Nashville. “I think if you ignore the generation after yours you will be obsolete very quickly. The artists who stick around for a while are the ones who go, ‘Oh, that’s cool, never thought of that. Ought to do that.’”
Brad plays the Pensacola Bay Center Friday, January 23 with Parmalee and The Swon Brothers.