A little bit country, a little bit acoustic rock-n-roll

If you missed the announcements last week, a couple of country music’s heavyweights will roll through the Salt Lake Valley in early 2012.

The non-stop touring Brad Paisley, the Academy of Country Music’s reigning three-peat male vocalist of the year, returns on January 27, this time to the Maverik Center.

Paisley, who has a history of taking up-and-coming acts on the road with him (including several past American Idol contestants), will be performing with opening acts The Band Perry (who were at the USANA Amphitheatre with Tim McGraw just a couple of months ago) and 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

Also in 2012, the country superstar trio Lady Antebellum will be in Utah for a Valentine’s Day concert. Details of where they will be playing haven’t yet been released. The band, however, recently announced the cities they’ll be playing during their extensive tour in support of their third album, Own The Night.

Also coming up next week, veteran blue collar rockers Tesla return to Salt Lake City. The band is touring both in support of their new release, Twisted Wires, and the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking unplugged album, The Five Man Acoustical Jam. To mark the occasion, Telsa will be performing unplugged at The Depot on November 1.

If you’ve ever wanted to ask lead singer Jeff Keith or guitar wizard Frank Hannon a question, you can do so this Wednesday (10/26) from 7p-8p. Tune in to http://www.justin.tv/teslalive to get your question answered or just watch others get answers to their questions.

Or if you don’t have time for that, I’ll be talking to Keith later this week and will post what he has to say here.

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