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LeAnn Rimes and Kenny Chesney 

Precocious songbird LeAnn Rimes (pictured) hit the fast track to Nashville stardom in 1996 with her debut, Blue, which hit No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 when the singer was barely out of grade school. The then 13-year-old Rimes was lauded as the second coming of Patsy Cline for her rich, mellow voice and back-to-basics twang. She scooped up a '96 Grammy for the album, then spent her high school years dabbling in contemporary country and lite-rock crossovers, including a reverent and bizarre gospel cover of 'Purple Rain." Her tour-mate Kenny Chesney (12 years her senior) started kicking up Music City dust at the same time, but didn't hit the big leagues till 2002's rollicking multi-platinum No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems. Chesney continues to bring boot-scootin', good-ol'-boy, truck-driving New Nashville stomp. Rimes, who turns 26 in a couple of weeks, scored another Grammy nod for last year's Family, an eclectic and laid-back collection of folky pop that includes a duet with cowboy-of-sorts (on a steel horse he rides) Jon Bon Jovi. Tickets $29.50. — Alison Fensterstock

7:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 14

New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St., 587-3663

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