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Rockin' country

No-nonsense music lovers, a sweaty longneck beer clutched in one hand, 10-gallon Stetson sitting atop a proud "Kentucky top-hat" hairdo, cowboy shirt resplendent and well-pressed, jeans tight and held up with a mammoth belt buckle, feet wrapped lovingly in pointy-toed cowboy boots -- this is the image of the fan who helped make Brooks & Dunn a massive modern-country success story. The duo's juke-joint rowdiness and straight-up honky-tonk body slam of a sound is honest and unassuming. To lovers of the band, that sound is also an example of the real, true country music.

Like a Saturday night party when thoughts of tomorrow morning's church service aren't enough to stifle your desire to howl at the moon, a Brooks & Dunn concert is all boot-scootin' boogie and sawdust on the floor glory. The duo has never shied away from bringing the tenets of rock spectacle to bear on the country music presentation and, along the way, has earned a reputation as one of the more visually exciting bands on the current country circuit.

Brooks & Dunn arrives for a 9 p.m. show inside the Avalon Ballroom, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, next Friday. Tickets are available now through the Avalon Ballroom box office and www.Ticketmaster.com. They range in price from $45 to $106 (Canadian funds).

-- Jeff Miers

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