You just can’t beat summertime. It’s the height of bonfire season, where good times are easy to find. The best part about summer is damn near every country artist worth their salt dusts off their traveling boots and hits the road. This year is no different. It’s packed to the gills with irresistible shows. Here are all the summer tours worth seeing this year.
Carrie UnderwoodThe reigning queen of country only has a handful of shows she’ll be playing this summer, so fans shouldn’t wait until the last minute to snatch tickets up. “Smoke Break” and “Church Bells,” her latest singles off her album Storyteller, will both be great new tunes to hear in both the arena and festival environment, which is where most of her shows are. Consider yourself lucky if you’re able to get tickets.
Kenny ChesneyWhat is summer without a Kenny Chesney tour? I for one couldn’t imagine such a thing. The beach bum veteran will can mostly be found up north (including Canada, God forbid) accompanied by Miranda Lambert on his Spread The Love Tour. Fans will also be likely to hear some music off his upcoming album, Some Town Somewhere. Nothing better than hearing a song for the first time live.
The Chicks are back! The girls of country gold are touring in North America for the first time since they were unceremoniously blacklisted due to remarks made against George W. Bush in 2003, but people don’t really bring that up. They’re coming back in force with a hefty tour list spanning June to August. The tour, called MMXVI, is likely the beginning of their rightful return to the spotlight.
If you’re looking for more than a one-set stop, check out the Country Night Lights Festival held in September!
Keith Urban Urban’s Ripcord World Tour will surely keep the Aussie busy for the near future as he hops from arena to arena around the country. The tour also boasts solid openers Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris. Urban has toured with Eldredge in the past, which is always promising, and Morris will add some fresh bravado to the formula.Chris Stapleton
The burly country phenom will be jumping from notable festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits to grand stadiums this summer. He’ll also be linking up with superstar Luke Bryan and classic country giant Hank Williams Jr. along the way, so keep an eye out to see whether those can’t-miss shows are in your neck of the woods. Stapleton’s latest single, “Nobody to Blame” is just one song off an infallible album that is bound to sound just as good live.
Kid Rock The self proclaimed lowlife from Detroit is playing a handful of festivals this year. While he certainly has, ahem, a niche audience, the singer has carved out his own place in the industry. While you’re sure to hear some of his longtime favorites like “Cowboy,” check out the singles off his latest album like “Johnny Cash” and “First Kiss” to get caught up before heading out to drink natty light in a sea of wifebeaters, which in my opinion sounds like a good time.
Chief’s schedule is a little light this summer, but he can still be found out on the prowl. His latest album, Mr Misunderstood is in a category of substance all it’s own and would be a treat to hear live. As we all know, Church is also 420 friendly, which is always nice in a concert environment.
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