Brad Paisley brought his Virtual Reality Tour to Charlotte Friday night. For all of those in attendance, it was not virtual reality. It was actual reality. Paisley brought two stellar artists in The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery to Charlotte and fans also were able to experience the Virtual Opry stage with Kristen Kelly, Jana Kramer, and Love & Theft.
Paisley is clearly one of country's biggest stars on par with artists like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Tim McGraw. But, what immediately separates Paisley from his superstar brethren is his musicianship. Brad Paisley is not only one of the best guitarists in country music, he is one of the best guitarists in music, period.
Virtuoso guitar work is only one part of the Brad Paisley experience. He is a hit machine capable of writing irreverent songs like Online and I'm Gonna Miss Her, but he also has a serious side. Songs like Waitin' on a Woman and Who Needs Pictures tug at the heart strings and Paisley was inspired to write Welcome to the Future after the election of President Barack Obama.
At his shows, Paisley cranks out his hits and shows off his guitar mastery. Before Paisley, The Band Perry show why they are are up-and-comers in country music. They have only one full studio length album, but it has produced multiple hits and they performed all of them for fans, in addition to few interesting covers.
Scotty McCreery is an 18-year-old legend in North Carolina. The Garner native won American Idol last year and already has a platinum album. The teenager with an incredible, deep voice looks his age, but commands an audience when he performs.