So it seems that the controversy surrounding Brad Paisley’s collaboration with rapper LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist,” has finally subsided, and we’re left once again with a more accurate portrait of Paisley – a hotshot guitarist, often witty lyricist and a man given to blurring the lines between traditional country and classic Southern rock.
Anyone who doubts Paisley’s abilities in the rock ’n’ roll department might want to check YouTube for footage of the man sitting in with the Rolling Stones on a hearty run-through of the Stones’ “Dead Flowers,” which was documented during a late June tour stop in Philadelphia. A week after sharing the stage with the “world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band,” Paisley clocked his 22nd No. 1 country single for the rowdy “Beat This Summer,” a tune culled from last year’s “Wheelhouse” album.” So it’s safe to say that things are going rather swimmingly in Paisley Land.
Paisley brings his “Beat the Summer” tour to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday. He will be joined by country up-and-comers Chris Young and Lee Brice. Reserved seats are $35.50 to $79.50; general admission lawn tickets are $30.50 (www.livenation.com).
– Jeff Miers