Tickets are available now for shows by two of country music's biggest stars
The Oregon Zoo is going country, with shows by two of the genre's biggest stars: LeAnn Rimes plays July 27 and Lee Brice will appear Aug. 8 as part of the zoo's summer concert series. Tickets for both shows are still available, but fans might not want to wait until the last minute: The past four zoo shows have sold out — as have upcoming concerts by "Weird Al" Yankovic and Lyle Lovett.
Rimes first rose to fame as an 8-year-old champion on the original Ed McMahon version of Star Search, and five years later became the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker. Her 1996 debut album, Blue, topped the country charts, earning national acclaim and comparisons to Patsy Cline. Rimes has since released 10 more albums and sold more than 37 million records worldwide. Her most recent release, Spitfire, came out in June and, according to The New York Times "represents the boldest steps — in both music and lyrics — of her career."
Brice, considered one of country's rising stars, wrote some big hits for artists like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw before releasing his own debut album, Love Like Crazy, in 2010. The title track from that record was Billboard's top country song of the year, spending a record 56 weeks on the charts. Brice's second album, Hard 2 Love, came out in 2012 and has produced three Top 10 country hits — "A Woman Like You," "Hard to Love" and "I Drive Your Truck." His latest single, "Parking Lot Party," is climbing the charts now.
Tickets to the LeeAnn Rimes and Lee Brice shows can be purchased at the zoo or online at zooconcerts.com. The zoo's 2013 summer concert series runs through early September, with performances by Randy Newman, Indigo Girls, Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Chris Isaak, the Doobie Brothers and more.