Brad Paisley to perform in Tampa

June 20, 2013 

Brad Paisley's as country as they come, but he's got some major rock 'n' roll credentials.

Paisley, who's coming to Tampa on Saturday, was invited to join the Rolling Stones on stage this week in Philadelphia.

"I'm just going to be another fan that night, who happens to get to play a song with them," Paisley told a radio interviewer shortly before that Stones gig. He joined them for a take on the country-influenced "Dead Flowers."

Paisley, 40, burst onto the country music scene in 1999. His first album, "Who Needs Pictures," produced the No. 1 hit "He Didn't Have to Be." By the end of that year, he had performed at the Grand Old Opry and been named top new male vocalist of the year by the Academy of Country Music.

The hits and the accolades haven't let up since. He was named top male vocalist of the year by the ACM in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association in 2010. He won Grammy Awards in 2008 and 2009 for best country instrumental performance (for "Throttleneck" and "Cluster Pluck," respectively, and for best country male vocal performance ("Letter to Me"), also in 2009.

He's joined on his "Beat this Summer Tour" by Lee Brice ("A Woman Like You"), Chris Young ("The Man I Want to Be") and newcomers the Henningsens.

Details: 7 p.m. June 22, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $29.25-79.25. Information: 813-740-2446,

-- Marty Clear

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