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Making music, not fame

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Guitar hero Brad Paisley admits that he sometimes finds it hard to relate to young musicians who move to Nashville primarily for fame and fortune.

“It’s always obvious to me when someone is making music for the fame, rather than achieving fame due to the music,” he says.

Aside from doing your work for its own sake, Paisley says, the work ought to feel like collaboration instead of competition or a one-man show. And he’s set out to prove it, with a pile of collaborations as varied as Dolly Parton, Snoop Dogg, Keith Urban and B.B. King.

“As I’ve come to understand it, making music isn’t about competition,” he says. “It’s about collaboration. I am a player. And I play with people, not against them.”

— Adapted from Diary of a Player, Brad Paisley and David Wild, Simon and Schuster.

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