Music Around Town

Brad Paisley

When: Fri., June 15 2012

No artist can be all things to all fans, but Brad Paisley comes pretty damn close. His brand of country music is a hybrid of authentic traditionalism, cowboy-hat pop, and gritty southern rock. He packs his instantly accessible songs with insight, schmaltz, and a wicked sense of humor. And he is, without question, an explosively gifted guitarist who can hold his own in any genre. Since his 1999 debut, Who Needs Pictures, he’s released nine studio albums, and he holds the record for the most consecutive No. 1 songs -- 10 to be precise -- on the country chart. Paisley has won close to 50 awards from various music organizations, including three Grammys. His backing band, the Drama Kings, has remained mostly the same for the past 13 years. He's been married to a hot actress, with whom he has two sons, for nine years. He’s appeared as a cartoon version of himself on South Park. And he’s a Browns fan. If he gets some free time and manages to cure a disease or two, we're guessing sainthood can’t be far behind. With the Band Perry and Scotty McCreery. 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 and $64.25. – Brian Baker

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