Joining us in the Acoustic Guitar Sessions studios is the wonderful singer, songwriter, and guitarist Doug Paisley, who brought along a rare left-handed ’50s-vintage Martin D-28.

With a style that mixes elements of ’70s folk with bluegrass flatpicking, the Canadian musician calls to mind legends like Norman Blake and Tony Rice. With a deft touch on guitar and a catalog full of deeply moving, heartfelt original songs, Paisley has certainly become an artist to watch. In addition, his thoughtful, engaging demeanor makes him a rather compelling interview subject.


Watch him run through a couple of his most memorable songs and discuss a range of topics, including his earliest musical projects, working with Garth Hudson, his aversion to pickups, and the challenges that lefties face in finding gear they love.

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