By EW Staff
August 01, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

HOMETOWN Glen Dale, W.Va.

AGE 29

RECENT RELEASE ”Part II” (album, 2001), ”I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song)” (single, 2002)

WHY HIM Nominated for three Grammys, seven Country Music Association awards, and eight Academy of Country Music Awards, Paisley has been hailed as the savior of traditional country music. Impressive credentials for a man who released his first album, ”Who Needs Pictures,” only three years ago. His second album, ”Part II,” remains in the Billboard country Top 10 after 60 weeks on the chart.

WHAT’S HOT Paisley’s clothes, like his music, are right out of country music history. Not since Hank Williams Sr. have piping, fringe, and snap-fronts looked so appealing.

WHAT’S NOT He threatens to bring back the bolo tie.

WHAT’S NEXT Now that he has rocked out on a cover version of ”Sharp Dressed Man” for the ZZ Top tribute album (released in April), Paisley will return to his country roots — touring county fairs around the U.S. through February 2003.


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