Reba at Reliant Stadium, 3/6/2014

Reba (McEntire) Reliant Stadium March 6, 2014

Country stars facing a certain age inevitably come to a point where they can either continue chasing chart success or consolidate their style into a brand, using the showbiz capital they've accumulated to explore other interests and opportunities. For Reba McEntire, that must have been around the time she stopped using her last name.

The Oklahoma-born daughter of a rodeo man has made a respectable acting career for herself, first on Broadway -- "I love Annie Get Your Gun," she said -- and then television. (Hey, Reba was a decent sitcom, for what it was. Admit it.) It would be a hoot to see her show up on Nashville as a scheming, man-stealing villainess; someone at ABC please get on that. Deacon could use a juicy storyline at the moment.

But for now, Thursday night at RodeoHouston, Reba seemed quite content to be a singer again. Or make that "sanger."

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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