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Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn 

May 11, 2007

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

The Deal: It got "hotter than a hoochie coochie" and they "played something country." A country concert is a lot like a football game or a NASCAR race in regards to the tailgating that takes place in the parking lot before the show. Yee haw!

The Good: With Jackson on top of Brooks & Dunn, it was essentially a dual headlining tour with newcomer Jake Owen as the opening act. Good country music acts tend to travel in packs. Alan Jackson is the country music equivalent to Michael Jackson in the sense that he has so many classics. The Jacksons: the king of pop and the king of honky tonk.

The Bad: Alan Jackson has so many slow "I lost my wife and dog and tractor" songs I felt like I was at prom, slow dancing under the stars in a country cliché. Meanwhile the song lyric "where I come from it's corn bread and chicken" made me crave Price's Chicken Coop. And since country music is so lyrical, (especially Jackson's old school country) people tend to sing along, which drowns out the radio-quality-sounding music coming from the stage and orchestrates a karaoke effect.

The Verdict: This was kick-off for country concert season. Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts are all coming to Verizon this summer, and like I said, good country acts travel in packs. So pack a cooler, kick on some cowboy boots, and get some tickets.

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