A sold-out house at Van Andel Arena gave big love to Paisley, whose show was a spectacular mash-up of high-tech lights, gimmicks and old-fashioned country. It was country meets the future, and the future looked dazzlingly bright.Brad Paisley with Scotty McCreery and The Band Perry (click to see 30 photos)
Meanwhile, AP's Chris Talbott reports that he's already found his favorite book of 2012.
"Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers" is a delight. Charlie Louvin's memoir of his time with his brother, Ira, and the tragic end to one of the most influential duos in the history of American music is like a Louvin Brothers song: simple and plainspoken, yet powerful and resonant.That's what makes country so vital: it's growing today, yet following a long and deep tradition.