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Country music is deeply shaped by its origins in rural Appalachia, as Zydeco is shaped by the Louisiana bayous and heavy metal by ancient haunted-house settlements. Find your way around the beat with this GrouponLive deal to the KMLE 108 Summer Throwdown featuring Brantley Gilbert at Comerica Theatre on Sunday, June 17, at 7 p.m. For $23, you get one G-Pass for seating in rows 22–35 of sections 2–6 or rows 8–21 of sections 1 or 7 (up to a $47 value, including all fees). Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly beginning at 6 p.m.; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
The raw energy of Georgia boy Brantley Gilbert headlines the KMLE 108 Summer Throwdown, a roundup of what’s new on the national country scene. On hits such as “Country Must Be Country Wide,” Gilbert’s electric guitar and smooth vocals travel beyond the cultural and geographical bounds of the genre to find inspiration and lyrical themes in places beyond the boot-beaten bath. Love and Theft hit the country charts with the single “Runaway” and have since pared the group down to the duo of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson. The pair of pastors’ sons share vocal duties as they hit the stage with chemistry honed during live recording sessions.
Newcomer JT Hodges brings his guitar, leather jacket, and dreamy baby blues to single “Hunt You Down,” one in a collection of rambling story-songs. No stranger to the terrain of youthful drama herself, actress Jana Kramer breaks from her role on the CW’s One Tree Hill to drop her self-titled debut album this June, which explores the irrationality of resisting love and using question marks in “Why Ya Wanna.”