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Friday, September 14, 2012

Brad Paisley at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre tonight (9/14/2012)

The “funny song” is definitely a staple in pop country. So many of them, though, are one-liners stretched painful miles beyond the breaking point (see “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”). So you can thank Brad Paisley for actually having a sense of humor. Because when he writes a funny tune, it’s fleshed-out and catchy: hookiness without hokiness. The music video for “Online” — which revolves around a fantastic performance by William Shatner — should be the first stop for anyone doubting Paisley’s songwriting ability or wit. This isn’t his only mode, as the mostly instrumental Play revealed, but it’s enough to set him head and shoulders above other, more melodramatic Nashville scene leaders. Hell, maybe in their time together this tour, Paisley can help steer young Scotty McCreery in a listenable direction (please). But I’ve been wrong many, many times before. With McCreery and The Band Perry. $30-$80. Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. 704-549-5555.

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