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Brad Paisley at the MTS Centre, Oct. 23, 2013

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  • Over the course of nine studio albums, Paisley has had 32 Top-10 hits and 18 No. 1 singles.

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    Over the course of nine studio albums, Paisley has had 32 Top-10 hits and 18 No. 1 singles.

  • Paisley appeals to a Top 40 crowd, but doesn’t alienate the country purists.

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    Paisley appeals to a Top 40 crowd, but doesn’t alienate the country purists.

  • Wisely, Paisley played to his strengths — namely, absolutely shredding on the Telecaster.

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    Wisely, Paisley played to his strengths — namely, absolutely shredding on the Telecaster.

  • Paisley is touring in support of Wheelhouse, his mostly strong ninth album.

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    Paisley is touring in support of Wheelhouse, his mostly strong ninth album.

  • Strutting out 10 minutes late in his now-trademark white cowboy hat, Paisley made up for lost time and kicked things into high gear right away with the one-two punch of Southern Comfort Zone and the raw ’n’ ragged stomp of Mud On The Tires.

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    Strutting out 10 minutes late in his now-trademark white cowboy hat, Paisley made up for lost time and kicked things into high gear right away with the one-two punch of Southern Comfort Zone and the raw ’n’ ragged stomp of Mud On The Tires.

  • Paisley is regarded as one of contemporary country’s most gifted guitar slingers.

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    Paisley is regarded as one of contemporary country’s most gifted guitar slingers.

  • Conjuring the giddy feeling of the last slow number at a high school dance, resplendent in refracted disco ball light, the ballad She's Everything was an over-the-top arena rock moment.

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    Conjuring the giddy feeling of the last slow number at a high school dance, resplendent in refracted disco ball light, the ballad She's Everything was an over-the-top arena rock moment.

  • Paisley and band serve up some harmonies at the MTS Centre Wednesday night.

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    Paisley and band serve up some harmonies at the MTS Centre Wednesday night.

  • The hits just kept coming, including the tongue-in-cheek Outstanding In Our Field and American Saturday Night.

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    The hits just kept coming, including the tongue-in-cheek Outstanding In Our Field and American Saturday Night.

  • Chris Young was best when he stuck to those great big ballads of his (Who I Am With You, Tomorrow).

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    Chris Young was best when he stuck to those great big ballads of his (Who I Am With You, Tomorrow).

  • A series of left turns — a breezy bubblegum country-pop single (You) right into a (not bad) cover of ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man — were jarring.

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    A series of left turns — a breezy bubblegum country-pop single (You) right into a (not bad) cover of ZZ Top’s Sharp Dressed Man — were jarring.

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