Brad Paisley w/ The Band Perry and Easton Corbin
Friday, June 1
Better than: Going to a show where an aging radio host plays out his mid-life crisis by telling me what music I can and can't listen to.
He spent the '90s as a Nashville newcomer attempting to close the decade with his first No. 1 hit, but the past decade has seen Brad Paisley mature into one of the most popular and influential performers in country music, a regular guy who writes endearingly hokey songs about the peculiarities of domestic life, the melting pot that is the United States, and how much he loves water. No, really, it's better than it sounds: Those hokey songs are often quite clever, and they're clearly delivered by someone who means every word he sings and can play guitar like it's nobody's business. Besides, at the end of the day, who doesn't love water?
No one, I guess, but his Friday show at Long Island's Jones Beach would have been a touch more enjoyable if less of it had fallen from the sky and none of it had flooded the area directly in front of the stage, pushing doors back from 4:30 to 7 o'clock. Always charming, Paisley couldn't help but make light of the situation, slipping into what he considered a New York accentit wasn't even closeto express how excited he had been to go ta the beach before leading his band through an inadvertently melancholic take on "Working on a Tan." Ah, what times we could have had, what memories we could have made, and what tans we could have worked on.More »