Brad Paisley at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre tonight (6/7/2013)

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Brad Paisley

So, you've probably heard of the six-minute facepalm that is "Accidental Racist." Yes, there was a whole album - Wheelhouse - but let's be real, the other 16 tracks are going to spend a lot of time in the shadow of this awkward, sentimental mope through surface-level race relations. On paper, the lyrics read like poorly conceived punch lines about rebel flags and do-rags, yet they're dragged out into a lighters-in-the-air Nashville ballad that never seems to end. It's a nice idea - that two dudes would sit down for a beer, regardless of ethnicity - yet it's wrapped in self-serious dreck that, if not for the sheer depth of cheese, would seem like a troll move. Even the best comedians make a regrettable - or even openly bad - joke once in a while: if only that's what the man behind the excellence of "Online" and "Ticks" was doing here. With Chris Young, The Henningsens and Lee Brice. $30-$80. June 7, 7 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. 704-549-1292.


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