On the Scene With Area Natives

Area natives are making frequent appearances on the national scene these days.

My friend and colleague, Gladys Van Horne, reported that Wheeling native John Corbett was a guest on the syndicated television show, “Live With Regis and Kelly,” on Friday, June 4, to promote his role in the new film, “Sex and the City 2.”

Corbett told co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa of his experiences reprising his “SATC” role as Aidan, main character Carrie Bradshaw’s former lover, in the new movie which was filmed partially on location in Morocco.

Clips from some of Corbett’s other film and TV roles were shown, with the actor appearing clean-cut in some scenes (as he is in “SATC 2”) and others showing him with long hair (as he appeared during his interlude on the country music scene). He also told Philbin and Ripa that he has a collection of wigs, each costing $5,000, for use in his various film roles, depending on what “look” the directors want him to convey on screen.

Corbett also spoke of West Virginia and recalled how he worked in steel mills here and in California before pursuing an acting career. Philbin, of course, is familiar with the Upper Ohio Valley through his friendship with legendary coach Lou Holtz and visits to Holtz’s hometown of East Liverpool and to the late Dean Martin’s hometown of Steubenville.

During Friday’s TV appearance, Corbett related that he was attending barber school when he got a part, ironically, in a production of “Hair.” When he mentioned his break-out TV role on “Northern Exposure,” the daytime show’s audience responded with applause.

Corbett’s girlfriend, actress Bo Derek, was waiting in the wings of the studio during his interview on “Live With Regis and Kelly.”

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Glen Dale native Brad Paisley gave an outstanding performance during the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., last Sunday, May 30. The show was broadcast live on PBS.

A friend, who also remembers Paisley “back when” he was a kid, offered an appropriate comment on Facebook after the performance: “Brad Paisley has come a long way from singing from the back of a flatbed truck at Glen Dale Park on Memorial Day to performing at the National Memorial Day Concert in D.C.”

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Meanwhile, a famous guitar manufacturer, Gibson Acoustic, is releasing a special, limited-edition instrument honoring Paisley.

According to a press release from the company, Gibson Acoustic is presenting the “Brad Paisley J-45 Model,” a custom-appointed acoustic guitar from the luthiers of Bozeman, Mont. Company officials stated that the guitar is “constructed in the image of the beloved J-45 ’round-shouldered’ dreadnought with Paisley’s own preferences for a prized solid Adirondack Red Spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, and one-piece custom mahogany neck.”

The press release stated. “Only 300 Brad Paisley Model guitars are being produced by Gibson Acoustic, and each one comes with a form-fitting hardshell case with plush blue lining, an owner’s manual, Gibson’s Gold Warranty, label personally signed by Brad Paisley, and a Certificate of Authenticity.”

If you’re counting out your nickels and dimes to purchase the Paisley commemorative instrument, consider this fact: the guitar’s suggested retail price is listed as a whopping $5,158.

Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net