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4 upcoming country concerts with something special
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Jennifer Nettles performs 8 p.m. July 14.

If you like to listen to your music with a cold beer in the back of a pickup truck on a dirt road, we’ve got a few selections for you. This is not a list of all the country concerts. Sure, you can go see Lady Antebellum or Brantley Gilbert or even Willie Nelson this year. But we’ve picked out a few shows that may offer something a little special.

Jennifer Nettles

She’s likely best known as part of the duo Sugarland, singing songs such as “Stuck Like Glue” and “All I Want to Do,” but she’s gone solo recently. If you want pop country close to home, this is the concert for you given the Gainesville locale. Nettles’ latest album, “Playing with Fire,” was released in May 2016.

When: 8 p.m. July 14, gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden, a Smithgall Woodland Legacy, 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville
How much: $57.50, get tickets, members $55.50

CMT’s “Nashville” in concert

This TV show features actors portraying country music stars. Apparently, they also are country music stars — or at least are touring as such. The line between reality and TV The show features songs from the series as well as the artists’ original material. Could be a bit surreal for those very familiar with the characters, but it’s likely to offer a variety of popular country styles.

When: 8 p.m. July 26
Where: Chastain Park, Atlanta
How much: $35-257, get tickets

Crock Fest 2017

This show features Toby Keith and ZZ Top. Seriously. We’re not quite sure what to say about that melding of country and rock.

When: 6 p.m. Oct. 7
Where: Verizon Amphitheater, Alpharetta
How much: $34-271, get tickets

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

This will be the first concert held at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium where the Atlanta Falcons will soon play. If you’re any kind of country music fan at all, these two names need no introduction. Brooks had a new album out in November. The two also did a Christmas album together last year. They’ve been married 11 years. Tickets went on sale June 30 and are likely going fast.

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
How much: $50-$250, get tickets

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