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The last thing you hear on Brad Paisley's new album is the result of a promise he made to a terminally ill fan at a meet & greet. Last fall, Lee Feldman from Ephrata, Penn., handed Brad his prized custom-made guitar.
Brad made a promise to the man, “I was given a guitar in my meet and greet by a man who was dying of pancreative cancer and had weeks to live,” Paisley explains of how he got the instrument. “He was a really feisty, wonderful old guy, gave me this great old guitar that was an electric, sort of Les Paul-like, and he said, ‘I want you to have this… if you’re going to play it, I want you to have it. If you ain’t going to play it, give it to someone else. I don’t want it collecting dust.’”
Brad waited until the last song on his Wheelhouse album to fullfill his promise to the man. He brought the guitar into the studio and set it down — and then it hit him. “And I went, ‘I know the song for that,’” the singer recalls, “And that’s what plays the guitar leads on ‘Officially Alive.’ As the album ends, it’s one of the last things you hear.” “He told me, he said, ‘I want this to live on,’” Paisley remembers. “So we ended the record with it.” Brad talks about the promise in his On The Record video series.