Brad Paisley made good on his word to jam with a fan who made a tribute video on behalf of the country guitarist.
Paisley invited Blaze Baum to join him onstage March 5 for his show at Colorado Springs World Arena. Paisley even paid for the Las Vegas guitarist to fly out and provided his family with tickets.
Baum, who is 21, first got on Paisley’s radar with his YouTube video for his song “I Want to Jam with Brad Paisley.” The video depicts Baum and Paisley—actually Baum wearing an oversized Paisley mask—jamming, playing poker and video games and hanging out with showgirls. It also shows off Baum’s considerable shredding skills.
Baum posted the video on YouTube on January 20. The next day, Paisley tweeted his reply.
Baum originally thought he was just going to play with Paisley during his soundcheck, but Paisley surprised him by inviting him onstage during the show to jam on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” and Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way.” Paisley then threw in a couple of his own hits, “River Bank” and “Alcohol.”
The gig was literally a dream come true for Blaze. Born Nicholas Dale, the guitarist has been playing professionally since he was 12 and earned the name Blaze for his fast-as-lightning picking. Though Baum has been a fan of everything from blues to classic rock to metal, he recently became a fan of country music thanks to Paisley’s amazing proficiency on the guitar.
Here’s a short video clip of the two jamming “Rocky Mountain Way.”
And here’s the full video of them performing “Pride and Joy” and “Rocky Mountain Way.”
Finally, here’s Baum’s original video that got it all started, “I Want to Jam with Brad Paisley.”