Leave the kids with grandma: Tonight brings a redneck women double bill for theages
It's the Monday night extravaganza that RodeoHouston and I (OK, not RodeoHouston ... just me) have unofficially titled, "Call In Sick to Work Tuesday."
It's gonna be a late night.
Not since the Dixie Chicks played The Hideout some 15 years or so ago has rodeo's late-night club showcased an artist as famous as the group playing the main RodeoHouston stage on the same night. This is a roughneck cowboy and redneck woman double bill that offers something for all ages.
Once the family has taken in the early evening RodeoHouston bronc-riding, bull-busting, calf-terrorizing competition, they can all sit back for a concert by the current toast of Nashville, Lady Antebellum. When RodeoHouston booked Lady Antebellum, the organizers didn't know that this white-hot trio would ring in 2010 with a Grammy for their past hit, "I Run To You," and produce a second album, "Need You Now," that went straight to No.1 and sold nearly 500,000 copies the first week in stores.
Now Lady Antebellum are the belles of this country wing-ding with the chart-topping title track single and Top 10 follow-up, "American Honey," highlighting what is sure to be one of the most buzzed-about country concerts in Houston this year.
And that's just the opening band.
Once Lady Antebellum are done, send the kids home with grandma and grandpa and join the spring break party over at The Hideout where Gretchen Wilson will spin gin-soaked tales of a misspent youth, including past hits "Here For the Party," "Word Hard, Play Harder," and of course, "Redneck Woman."
Showing no signs of slowing down, Wilson's upcoming new album is called, "I Got Your Country Right Here," and is expected to be released later this year.
Stay sober long enough during this twin dose of country danger and you may get an early listen of a new song or two.
Lady Antebellum, 6:45 p.m. at RodeoHouston (Reliant Stadium)
Gretchen Wilson, 10:15 p.m. at The Hideout