Blake Shelton returns to Tampa

mclear@bradenton.comAugust 29, 2013 

It's been just five months since country superstar Blake Shelton performed in Hillsborough County. He played to a capacity crowd at the Wish Farms Soundstage at the Florida Strawberry Festival in March.

That show delighted some 12,000 fans, so it's a safe bet a good number of them will be on hand on Friday, when Shelton brings his "Ten Times Crazier" tour to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Opening for Shelton will be rising star (and native Floridian) Easton Corbin -- who's had huge hits with "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It" -- and Jana Kramer.

Kramer's probably better known as an actor than a singer, because of her starring role on "One Tree Hill," but she scored country hits last year with her self-titled debut album and the singles "Whiskey" and "Why Ya Wanna."

That's solid support, but almost everyone in the crowd will be there to see Shelton, who's developed into one of the biggest stars in all of popular music. In November, he won the Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, besting a field that included Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley. He also won Male Vocalist of the Year (for the third straight time) and Song of the Year for "Over You," which he wrote with his wife, Miranda Lambert.

And even people who don't follow country music know the charismatic Shelton as one of the stars of "The Voice."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30, MidFlorida Credit Union. Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $33-$69. Information: 813-740-2446, www.livenation.com.

Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.

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