Favorite

Brad Paisley 

Jan. 16, Alltel Arena

COUNTRY CROONER: Brad Paisley rocked Alltel.
  • COUNTRY CROONER: Brad Paisley rocked Alltel.

By the time Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker returned to join Brad Paisley onstage in the closing moments of a concert Friday night at Alltel Arena that had rocked along for almost three and a half hours, the Paisley Party Tour was already one to remember.

Paisley's prowess on guitar and entertaining presentation of his witty hits, Bentley's energetic delivery of the rockers and ballads that have made him a mainstay on the charts and Rucker's convincing demonstration that he can easily move from Hootie and the Blowfish front man to a solo country career had long since given the 11,448 in attendance plenty to cheer about. 

That they proceeded to bring the house down with a last-call serving of “Alcohol” was hardly a surprise. But just when you think you know what to expect from Paisley, he throws in something new – such as his recent mostly instrumental album – and some fans may not have been expecting what he dished up for an encore.

After coming back on stage and serving up another popular novelty song, “Ticks” (of course he had to include that recent hit; one fan had even tried texting his way to front-row seats by proclaiming “I'd like to check your wife for ticks” in a message shown on the video screens), Paisley closed out the evening by trading licks via satellite with blues legend B.B. King on the high-spirited “Let the Good Times Roll.”

Throughout the evening, Paisley used video to include his occasional duet partners, such as Keith Urban on the recent “Start a Band” and Alison Krauss on the poignant “Whiskey Lullaby,” and he thrilled the crowd with many of his other hits, such as “Mud on the Tires,” “Celebrity,” “I'm Still a Guy” and the always-popular “I'm Gonna Miss Her.”

Rucker opened the show with “Forever Road” and his big, rich voice shone on the No. 1 hit “Don't Think I Don't Think About It,” but it was his romp through “All I Want,” “Drinkin' and Dialin' ” and a terrific cover of Hank Jr.'s “Family Tradition” that removed any doubt that he can handle a country song with ease.

 The already-proven Bentley, back to his trademark curls after sporting a crew cut for his '07 Alltel show, delighted with “What Was I Thinkin' ” and “Lot of Leavin' Left to Do,” as well as “Feel That Fire” off his upcoming CD.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Bill Paddack

  • Review: Carrie Underwood at Verizon

    This time around, always-popular country star Carrie Underwood — no stranger to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock — was surrounded.
    • Apr 29, 2016
  • Live Review: Luke Bryan at Verizon Arena

    Like the girl in his ode to a short-lived summer love, country music’s reigning Entertainer of the Year had a crowd of 13,312 Friday evening at Verizon Arena twisting all night long like that old beach “Roller Coaster": Twisting and swaying and dancing and singing along.
    • Mar 14, 2016
  • Live Review: Jason Aldean at Verizon Arena

    Jason Aldean brought his brand of hard-driving, modern country music to Verizon Arena Saturday night on his aptly named Burn It Down Tour, firing up his army of fans with his sturdy rock-tinged voice, energetic stage presence and an outright blaze of pyrotechnics.
    • Apr 13, 2015
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Labor department director inappropriately expensed out-of-state trips, audit finds

    Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
  • Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist resigns

    Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
  • Forget identity politics

    Amid the climate of disbelief and fear among Democrats following Donald Trump's election, a fascinating debate has broken out about what's called "identity politics" on the left, "political correctness" by the right.
  • Lawsuit filed against ADC officials, prison chaplain convicted of sexual assault at McPherson

    A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
  • Lessons from Standing Rock

    A Fayetteville resident joins the 'water protectors' allied against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Latest in Music Reviews

  • Cher in North Little Rock

    March 28, Verizon Arena
    • Apr 3, 2014
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers at Verizon

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers took a slightly different musical path to its May induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame than most of their fellow honorees.
    • Oct 31, 2012
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Sept. 30

    The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra opened its season Saturday night with a return visit by the 28-year-old violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich, who had appeared with the orchestra in the Beethoven concerto two years ago.
    • Oct 3, 2012
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned

Event Calendar

« »

December

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Woeful

    • If the UA could get the SEC to stop all games if at any time…

    • on December 2, 2016
  • Re: Woeful

    • The Mizz loss was worse than getting beat by Louisiana-Moron

    • on December 2, 2016
 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation