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RodeoHouston Review: Brad Paisley

f there’s any rodeo concert that will separate the die-hard country fans from the rest, it’s Brad Paisley. Paisley’s often hilariously candid lyrics and twangy voice are sure to get any female swaying.

As he took charge of the revolving stage for the eighth time, fans waited impatiently until the chords of the first song, “Southern Comfort Zone” struck. It became obvious that Paisley chose a crowd-pleaser as fans immediately grew with excitement and anticipation.

While the crowd was waiting, fans’ tweets of their three favorite Paisley songs came up on the big screen of the stadium. Often requested were “Little Moments,” “Then” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her”, of which the latter two were played, bringing the crowd to their feet.

Paisley’s songs were accompanied by frequent guitar changes. (My personal favorite was the guitar with the red paisley pattern.) The longer the crowd listened, however, the more apparent it became that Paisley is also an extremely accomplished guitarist. The many guitar solos were, in certain songs, appropriately complimented by the fiddle, along with the rest of Paisley’s band.

What is striking is Paisley’s versatility as an artist. He sang everything from the hilarious, yet critical of society “Celebrity,” during which a life size Paisley bobble head ran around the crowd, to the emotional and raw “This is Country Music,” during which behind him a slideshow of stars who heavily influenced country music and the American flag waved proudly behind him on the LED screen.

The crowd really got charged up when Paisley sang the romantic “Then.” The stripped down vocals and single guitar were enough to fill out the stadium as the crowd sang along.

The music was a good mix of fast and slow songs that kept the crowd wanting more. Paisley delivered vocally and his positive personality was infectious.

Paisley was obviously the perfect choice to open up RodeoHouston 2014.

Christine Vanderwater
Christine Vanderwater is a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School. Besides being co-editor of the Chronicle Insight's print publication, she is a short story writer, novelist, blogger and poet and is on the newspaper staff at her high school.

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