Country music superstar and Glen Dale native Brad Paisley had a bonanza of national media attention this past week, with appearances on three major network shows within a two-day period.
Paisley was one of the country stars interviewed in Nashville for an ABC special, "In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts," that aired Wednesday evening, Nov. 3. Later that same night, the singer-songwriter was interviewed and performed on "The Late Show With David Letterman" on CBS. The next day, Thursday, Nov. 4, Paisley performed on ABC's "Good Morning, America."
In addition, Paisley performed live in concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City for the Letterman show's audience Wednesday night. The concert also aired live over the Internet as a webcast performance (and can still be viewed online at the CBS website).
The "In the Spotlight" special included photos from Paisley's childhood and early performances in the Ohio Valley, along with shots of Glen Dale and Wheeling (most notably the Capitol Theatre).
Paisley - who is a big fan of "The Andy Griffith Show," as noted in a profile in The New Yoker earlier this year - happily told show host Robin Roberts, "I grew up in Mayberry." Visiting the 85-acre spread outside Nashville where Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams Paisley, reside with their two boys, Roberts observed that the singer is trying to re-create the atmosphere of Glen Dale for his sons, Huck and Jasper.
The show included video footage of Paisley's crew trying to salvage water-logged instruments and equipment from a storage facility hit by the devastating flood in Nashville earlier this year and working frantically to get ready for the opening of his summer tour - ironically named the H2O Tour - in Foxboro, Mass., a few days later. Minutes before going onstage in Foxboro, a teary-eyed Paisley was shown thanking his team for their hard work in the face of adversity. Taking the stage, the singer-guitarist told the audience, "You have no idea what we went through to get here."
During the interview with Roberts, Paisley repeated the story of how he first saw his future wife when he watched her starring in the film, "Father of the Bride," and asked her to appear in a music video with him. He acknowledged that, before meeting her, he was "miserable" in his 20s, then added philosophically, "but heartbreak's what it's supposed to be" at that age.
Williams Paisley admitted to Roberts that she "was through with men" at that time, but when Paisley called, he won her over in their first phone call.
Meanwhile, kudos to Wheeling native and actor Leland Wheeler who scored a mention in the show credits for his guest appearance on the CBS drama, "Blue Bloods," Friday, Oct. 29. The actor's network debut was brief, but memorable, and he's destined for wider fame.
Sean Duffy, coordinator of adult programming at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, is preparing a big Wheeling Ironmen display for the library in honor of the Lunch With Books program on the Ironmen at noon Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Team-related memorabilia will be displayed in a secure, locked case. "If anyone has any items to loan, you will be credited, you will be thanked profusely and your items will be returned to you safely and promptly when the display ends," Duffy said.
If you want to lend memorabilia for this exhibit, see Duffy at the library or call him there at 304-232-0244.
Linda Comins can be reached via e-mail at: Comins@news-register.net