George Strait Sets Sell Out Records with 2013 Cowboy Rides Away Tour. When George Strait announced his 2013 Cowboy Rides Away Tour, we knew that it was going to be a huge success. So, it comes as no surprise that he is selling out his tour stops left and right! Most recently, King George sold 72,000 tickets in less than six minutes for his June 1st tour stop in San Antonio, TX! Strait’s tour sales success places him at #1 on Pollstar’s Concert Pulse with an average $1.4 million in gross per show which ranks him over popular concerts like Justin Bieber, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Dave Matthews Band, and The Who (top 5 respectively). I know there are a whole lot of folks who really want to see George Strait live and in concert, but aren’t going to be able to. On the bright side of things for y’all, he is currently working on an upcoming album, which includes current single , “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight,” and is scheduled to release in late spring.
Clint Black At The Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center. This past Saturday (March 2nd) I got the chance to watch Clint Black in Van Buren, Arkansas! The show began with Black and his guitar. He played a handful of songs, and then the band he has been touring with since 1987 joined him on stage. “It’s all about the songs and stories tonight,” Black said. “Don’t be waiting on the dance productions and wardrobe changes, cause there won’t be any.” The night was complete with some of Black’s biggest hits (“Killin’ Time,” “Like The Rain,” “Something That We Do,” “When My Ship Comes In” and more) , as well as some new material (“Better and Worse“). In between each song, Black gave the audience some background information on how each one came to be. He was also full of jokes on Saturday. He kept the evening lively and comical. Black gave Van Buren a real show when he stood up for his performance of “Been There.” He used the whole stage to sing to every corner of the room and play the heck out of his harmonica. Black ended the show with “A Better Man” and his fans, including me, thanked him with a standing ovation. I grew up on Clint Black and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the show. There isn’t another voice like his, and I can’t wait to purchase his next record, whenever that might be. “I’ve been working on a new album for about 7 years,” Black said. “It should be ready in a couple more.” Look below for more Clint Black tour dates and catch a show near you soon!
Brad Paisley Announces Dates and Details On His 2013 Beat This Summer Tour! We were all waiting for this news, and it finally broke last week! Brad Paisley has released the first dates and details of his 2013 Beat This Summer Tour sponsored by the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store! The line-up of dates will kick off in St. Louis, Missouri on May 9th and make stops in 29 cities all over the U.S. and Canada all summer long. Bonus, fans will also get to see opening acts Chris Young and Lee Brice! There are more details to come…so, stay tuned! Also of note, Paisley is teaming up with the Nashville based non-profit Live Beyond whose mission is to provide medical care, clean water, nutritional support and development activities to impoverished communities in Haiti. $1 of each ticket sale from the Beat the Summer Tour will be donated to the organization. You can find more information on the official Live Beyond website.
Country Stars Kick Off 2013 with New Tours Starting in January! Now that we’re already one week into the New Year, it’s time we start thinking about what’s really important…who we’re going to get to see live this year! Luckily, tons of our favorite country stars are kicking off their tours for the year this month! To make sure you’re up to date on who’s doing what, check out the list below! If you can’t find what you’re looking for below be sure to visit this post’s sponsor Country Music On Tour! New Country Tours: January 2013: Zac Brown Band: ZZB will be starting up a steady stream of shows on January 10th! See where they’re headed. Gary Allan: making stops all over the states through the Spring starting January 11th! Check out where Allan is going. Luke Bryan: The much anticipated 2013 Dirt Road Diaries will begin with the first show in Evansville, IN on January 17th. Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley: Talk about exciting! Miranda and Dierks team up for the second go round with their 2013 Locked and Redloaded Tour beginning January 17th in Columbia, SC! Get all the dates. George Strait: the 2013 Cowboy Ride Away Tour kicks off January 18th in Lubbock, TX! Martina McBride will be the primary opening act. More dates here. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Power couple Tim and Faith are kicking off their Las Vegas residency, Soul 2 Soul on January 18th at the Venetian Theater. Toby Keith: dates for his 2013 Live in Overdrive tour. start January 19th in Durant, OK. Eric Church: Eric heads to Canada on January 31st for the final dates of his Blood, Sweat and Beer tour before jumping in with Kenny Chesney in the Spring! Eli Young Band: EYB are hitting up several venues beginning January 31st before they jump on the Chesney train in March. See all the dates. We want to know: Who are you excited to see this year, and how far would you go to see them?