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House of Blues, August 21
This may be damning Colt Ford with faint praise, but the rotund, blinged-out Georgia native is about the only artist associated with the ongoing "hick-hop" craze we don't find completely revolting. Mostly this is because it's obvious that Ford, who debuted with 2008's Ride Through the Country, doesn't take himself too seriously. Even he admits to the incongruity in "Hip Hop In a Honky Tonk," where guest Kevin Fowler says "I'll give you 20 buck to turn that shit off," before having second thoughts upon seeing girls "dancing like strippers but they kept their clothes on."
Regardless of your opinion of hick-hop, though, at this point Ford's Nashville credentials are legit: he co-wrote Jason Aldean's 2011 megahit "Dirt Road Anthem" before later appearing on the remix, and has also guested/welcomed other big-timers like Jake Owen, Tim McGraw and Jamey Johnson; he even showed up on a remake of John Anderson's "Swingin'." CHRIS GRAY
House of Blues, August 22
He's baaaaaaaaaack! One of the side benefits(?) of the gonzo, gun-crazy rocker's relatively nearby residence in Waco is that it seems like he's playing Houston all the time these days. Duck and cover or go about your business, but it's still hard to deny the snarling '70s appeal of songs like "Stranglehold." CHRIS GRAY
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