Thursday, September 11, 2008
Brothers from Another Genre
One is a pop country hit machine, writing and singing songs about love, pickup trucks and fishing.
One is a metal gun-for-hire with full sleeve tattoos, making instrumental shred albums with song titles inspired by serial killers.
Looking at Brad Paisley and John 5, you'd think they couldn't be further apart. And that might be right. But beyond all that, they're both fantastic guitarists, both worthy of the guitar mag covers they've gotten, and they're both Telecaster players. Which is where I get drawn in.
Brad Paisley, "Make A Mistake"
John 5, "Fiddlers"
That's two songs, ones that I think hit the point where they remind me of each other. They have the same musical sense of humor. Crossing genres, like a twanger going jazzy or a shredder gone country, is funny. Breaking the fourth wall, like "I don't hear any music" and the engineer saying "That's the wrong chord, guys", that's funny.
I really think they could do a great head-to-head version of "Devil Went Down To Georgia".
Except the wrong guy's named Johnny.