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Brad Paisley, Sara Evans bring the young Nashville sound to Alltel Arena on Friday.

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Brad Paisley, who has been lauded as traditional country music’s newest ambassador, has proven to have a diverse creative style to his music. And he keeps racking up hits. Sara Evans, the pretty girl of country, has a voice to match.

Paisley and Evans will appear in concert with their respective bands, and with newcomer Eric Church, at Alltel Arena on Friday, April 28.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $39.50 and $29.50 through all Ticketmaster outlets (Harvest Foods stores, charge-by-phone at 975-7575 or online at www.ticketmaster.com) or the arena box office.

Paisley, a West Virginia native, has four albums, including the most recent big-selling “Time Well Wasted.” His talent for songwriting, guitar-playing and stage performing has drawn a legion of fans, and it’s obvious he’s got a flair in concert for a multi-media presentations.

His shows include computer-animated cartoons that he creates, as well as breakneck instrumental music from Paisley and his band.

Paisley, in a press release, says, “When I sit down with a guitar to write a song, or when going into a recording studio, the focus is really on one thing — how will this song work on-stage night after night.”

He’s become the leader in country music awards, grabbing four Grammy Award nominations in 2006 to lead the country field, and taking home four Country Music Association awards this year. He’s had five No. 1 hits, and those don’t include the ones that are concert favorites: Song of the Year winners “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Alcohol,” as well as “Celebrity” and “Little Moments.”

His last two albums have hit No. 1 on the country sales chart, and all four records are platinum or double platinum sellers. All told, he’s sold 6 million albums.

He’s also known for “We Danced,” the humorous “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” “I Wish You’d Stay” and “When I Get Where I’m Goin’.”

And, if that’s not enough, he’s married to actress Kimberly Williams (“Father of the Bride,” TV’s “According to Jim”) and lives on 100 acres near Nashville.

Evans is a good match on stage with Paisley, who arrived in Nashville with a traditional country style. The Missouri native was performing at age 4 with her family, moved to Oregon and started a band there (and opened for Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw), then moved to Nashville in the mid-1990s to jump-start her career. The CDs “No Place That Far” and “Born to Fly,” as well as singing along with other country hotties on “Girls’ Night Out,” pushed her into the mainstream of country music. Her latest CD, “Feels Like Home,” was released in early 2005.

Church, whose debut album, “Sinners Like Me,” is being released this summer, will open the show with a 25-minute set. Check out his acoustic-driven country sound at ericchurch.com.

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