September 25, 2011 |
"I'm sorry about the weather, gee whiz," Brad Paisley said, three songs into his two-hour set at the Susquehanna Bank Center Friday night. The popular singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist was headlining his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder tour, an ambitious package that started around 4 p.m. The relentless rain had forced Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge and the JaneDear Girls off the "Water World" second stage and over to the protected main stage. "It is, I promise, the last tour I'm gonna name 'H2O' anything," concluded the amiable West Virginian.
July 3, 2013 |
Country music and controversy don't usually go hand in hand unless one of those hands belongs to Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. But when Brad Paisley's song "Accidental Racist" hit the Internet this year, the reaction was swift and brutal. Cultural commentators practically fell over one another in their rush to condemn the song, which posits an uneasy encounter between a Confederate flag-wearing Paisley and a black barista. Although the song's most cringe-inducing sentiments came courtesy of guest rapper and latte-puller LL Cool J, Paisley took the heat for downplaying the former slave states' ignominious past and setting up a false dichotomy between "Southern pride and Southern blame.
July 11, 2003 |
It's fitting that Brooks and Dunn call their touring extravaganza in part a circus (as in the Neon Circus and Wild West Show). The boot-scootin' country superstars really do know how to entertain, and they do it in a big, flashy way that can be undeniable fun. If, however, you want something soul-satisfying to go with the spectacle, you may be disappointed with what Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn have to offer. Case in point is the new Red Dirt Road (Arista), due in stores Tuesday.
June 28, 2013
Brad Paisley Until "Accidental Racist," the well-meaning but ham-handed attempt at a race-related conversation with LL Cool J on his new album Wheelhouse , Brad Paisley did pretty much everything right in his career. And though the country guitar slinger may never live down "Racist," it should be noted that the truly offensively stupid lyrics (specifically "If you don't judge my gold chains, I'll forget the iron chains") on the deservedly lambasted song come out of LL's mouth.
August 6, 2007 |
Class clown and prom king rolled into one, the country singer Brad Paisley wears many ten-gallon hats. On his hit single "Ticks," he's a wry horndog, offering a woman a flowery romp followed by a thorough inspection for parasites. "I'm Still a Guy" decries "feminized" men with "creamy, lotiony hands," even while admitting he might occasionally get caught holding his wife's purse. Songs like "She's Everything" display an unabashed romantic side, while "I'm Gonna Miss Her" kisses off a gal who has made the mistake of getting between him and his fishing rod. At Saturday's Tweeter Center show, Paisley shifted gears with the ease of a race-car driver.
September 1, 2008 |
The Saturday between political conventions was full of charged rhetoric, but at the Susquehanna Bank Center, Brad Paisley was having none of it. "Republican Party, Democratic Party, you can forget about it," he told the crowd. "The only party that matters is the Brad Paisley party. " Though his music is resolutely apolitical, Paisley excels at bridging divides. Men and women, jocks and geeks, the sarcastic and the soft-hearted all find a place under his musical tent. He cracked wise with "Online," singing as a nerd who's "so much cooler" in the virtual world, and showed off his sentimental side with "When I Get Where I'm Going," a hymn to the afterlife, accompanied by a slide show of the recently departed.
August 17, 2009 |
"We're going to play everything you want to hear," Brad Paisley informed the audience Saturday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center. For the next hour and three-quarters, he made good on his promise. While he played a handful of songs from his new album, American Saturday Night, the bulk of the show was devoted to a selection of familiar favorites, their staging and accompanying graphics unchanged from previous August shows in the same arena. Paisley has made himself one of country's biggest stars by working both sides of the aisle, turning out waggish pop hits while writing sentimental, even maudlin, ballads at the same time.
April 18, 2009 |
Screen Actors Guild, studios have a deal Already deprived of many hours of celluloid dreams by the Hollywood writers strike in '07 and '08, we greet with joy news that the nation's thesps are staying on the job. The Screen Actors Guild reached a tentative deal with the studios yesterday, almost a year after their contract expired in June. Details will be released after the guild's board reviews the deal over the weekend. The Big O & the Big T An extraordinary thing happened!