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June 18: Chris Stapleton & Jason Isbell, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls

June 18: Chris Stapleton & Jason Isbell, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
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When is bro country not bro country? Well, when it's all traditionalist-sounding and sensitive instead of all hootin' and hollerin' and EDM-tinged (though sometimes still pretty sensitive). If you can explain to me why we should be less fed up with the Grammy-winning beardo Chris Stapleton and outlaw alt-country poet Jason Isbell than the tight-jeans party country of Luke Bryan or beefcake laments of Cole Swindell in terms of bro-ness, I'll listen. But, hey, how about we just enjoy them all and realize we like them for some of the same reasons. This is not to take anything away from Stapleton, whose 2015 album "Traveller" touches on Southern Rock just right, and Isbell, who is just flat-out one of the best songwriters alive and does drunken regret like nobody else, but let's stop with the bro country hate, all right? Besides, it was Beyoncé of all people with 'Daddy Lessons' (and, to a lesser extent, Rihanna with 'FourFiveSeconds') that deaded bro country. Anyways, head on over to Merriweather for a night of dudely country music that should hit the sweet spot for the beer-drinkin' bros and the bros who think they're better than the beer drinkin' bros, too. 6 p.m., Merriweather Post Pavillion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-5550, merriweathermusic.com, $45-$149. (Brandon Soderberg)

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