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Brett Eldredge at Joyland

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Brett Eldredge AP 2013

Country music singer songwriter Brett Eldredge performs on stage at the Verizon Center on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Washington D.C. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Singer/songwriter Brett Eldredge's debut album "Bring You Back" came out in August and shot to No. 2 on Billboard's Country Albums chart (and just missed the Top 10 pop survey), thanks to the smash single "Don't Ya." Eldredge coauthored the mid-tempo song about the guy with a serious crush on a woman playing the role of reluctant lover.

Reportedly a fan of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles, Eldredge is a gifted crooner with much better phrasing than most of today's Nashville vocalists. In fact, the title-track, a pathos-packed ballad, could easily be Eldredge's next big hit. Not so much because the song has a memorable melody or tells a great story, but the vocal is as pleasing as it is convincing.

7 p.m. Saturday; Joyland, 5520 14th St. W., Bradenton; $10 (advance); $15 (at the door); 756-6060; joylandcountry.com

Last modified: October 16, 2013
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