There Ain’t No Bugs On Me

There’s a strange thing going on with contemporary country music: to succeed, artists have to bridge the gap between the lives and ideals of the young, while still embracing the traditions and roots of the genre they represent. A perfect example of this is “(I Wanna Check You for) Ticks” by Brad Paisley.

The song is so forthcoming in its mission (getting laid), that it borders on country music parody and legitimate Gen-X, party jam sing-along. But that’s just Paisley. In the last few years, he’s bucked to the top of pop/country charts with three number one records, lassoed in a barrel’s worth of CMA’s, and wrangled duets with Dolly Parton (praise be!) and Allen Jackson – so yeah, he’s doing okay. And while technically tonight is $15 all-you-can-drink night at Round Up, if you go there scouting for a one-night roll in the hay, you will be sorely disappointed: all of the alt/country party gals are boot-scooting up to Sound Advice (601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach) to raise stadium-sized domestic drafts to Brad Paisley. So if you want to check any of those girls for ticks, you should follow suit and buy a ticket. They cost 20 to $49.75. Call 561-795-8883, or visit
Sat., Sept. 22, 2007

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Jamie Laughlin