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Deana Carter

Sunday, April 27, at Verizon Amphitheater.

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Even though she works in a genre known as commercial country, it's disconcerting at first to hear Deana Carter fill her new disc, I'm Just A Girl, with so much product placement. She name-checks Levi's, Coca-Cola and Miller Lite, not to mention Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen tunes, but the kicker comes on the title track, when she sings I'm not an ordinary girl/I'm a Chevy girl. Although it's odd to hear the witty woman behind "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" shilling everything but Epilady, Carter still delivers razor-sharp lines such as the double entendre that opens "Cover of a Magazine," when she sings Man, look at that rack. Carter treats breezy, sun-tanned pop with a gentle twang, creating hooks that are catchier than most jingles. Her current tour, which grateful corporations should be lining up to sponsor, pairs her with People's "sexiest country singer alive," Kenny Chesney. But Carter deserves at least equal billing in that arena -- her breathy coo melts hearts on contact.

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