Brad Paisley's success is no accident

You probably missed hearing about it because of some basketball game in Miami, but Brad Paisley had his own historymaking evening on Tuesday.

The country singer and guitarist scored a cameo with the Rolling Stones during their performance in Philadelphia, playing three guitar solos and joining in on vocals for the band's "Dead Flowers."

For South Floridians, though, Paisley's big night will be Friday, when he headlines a show at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. (Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com).

Paisley hasn't been talking much since a blowup erupted earlier this year over his song "Accidental Racist," a duet with LL Cool J, whom he invited to serve as the song's "counterpoint."

"That song needs to be collaborative, because I have no authority in terms of the other perspective," Paisley said in press materials for his latest album, "Wheelhouse." "I can only speak as a white Southerner."

He added: "I wrote a bunch of songs that aren't comfortable. And that was the point, really — for them to be vocally, musically, lyrically, thematically uncomfortable — or at least new enough to me that I think I had to stretch."

"Wheelhouse" also includes songs such as "Karate," which manages to lighten two very heavy topics: domestic violence and karma.

Here's hoping Friday night's show also includes some of Paisley's comfortable music, his witty takes on everyday life that have earned him 21 No. 1s and a Country Music Association award for entertainer of the year in 2010. Not many folks can comment so cogently on topics such as checking women for ticks and the alternative universe celebrities inhabit.

Chris Young and the Henningsens will open the show, and probably will face a crowd that will lack some of its usual energy. Another one of those basketball games is set for Thursday night.

NSortal@SouthFlorida.com

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