- His grandfather, a country-music fan, gave him his first guitar when he was 8.
- Wrote his first song, "Born on Christmas Day," when he was 12; his school principal was impressed and asked him to play it at a Rotary Club meeting.
- Performed on WWVA's "Jamboree USA," a weekly country-music radio show, after the station's program director saw him play at the Rotary meeting.
- Was a "Jamboree USA" regular for eight years, opening for country stars the Judds, George Jones and Ricky Skaggs, among others.
- Released his debut album, Who Needs Pictures, on June 1, 1999.
- Started the Brad Paisley Foundation in 2000 to help charities in and around his hometown of Glen Dale, WV.
- Made his TV acting debut in 2002 on the sitcom According to Jim, which starred his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
- Favorite author is Mark Twain; named his first son William Huckleberry.