"Success," Brad Paisley says, "is more difficult than failure in many ways. It's also more fun."See Also:
Brad stared his success — and some of the people who helped him achieve it — in the face last night as Arista Nashville threw a party to celebrate the multitude of "10s" in his career: He's been signed to the label 10 years, he's had 10 No. 1 hits, and he's sold 10 million albums. And, as it turns out, he's also tied with George Jones and Loretta Lynn for 10th place on the list of Country Music Association awards nominations; each of them has been on the list 38 times — and all of Brad's have come since the year 2000.
Among those on hand for the event were Little Jimmy Dickens, who's appeared in several of Brad's videos; Tim DuBois, who ran Arista when Brad signed with the label; current label head Joe Galante; frequent co-writers Chris DuBois and Kelly Lovelace; and producer Frank Rogers. Plus Brad's father, Doug, who recalled hauling his son to shows when he was still too young to drive.
"Did I ever think it would come this?" Doug asked rhetorically. "Not really."
Still, Doug added, "the day he drove away [from West Virginia] in his Firebird — that he wrecked — I knew in my heart he wouldn't be back home."
Brad fought back tears as he thanked everyone for believing in him, and he was particularly appreciative of the fans who, he said, "go online and bash you for what you wore, but they still love you 10 years later. I don't know that this happens other places."
As much as the event was about looking backward, Brad also had the future in his sites: "Hopefully this isn't a 'great-job-we-enjoyed-having-you-around party,' 'cause I got a lot left to say."
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