Chris Cagle Cancels Tour Dates

Lingering Vocal Cord Problems Force Announcement on Eve of Rascal Flatts Tour

Chris Cagle has cancelled all concert dates through June 1 because of problems with his vocal cords. Cagle’s record label, Capitol Nashville, made the announcement Wednesday (Jan. 21).

Cagle was scheduled to be a part of Rascal Flatts’ I Melt tour that kicks off Thursday (Jan. 22) in Kalamazoo, Mich. Cagle had 24 concerts scheduled through June 1.

Cagle has already undergone two weeks of vocal rest after doctors determined his vocal cords are afflicted with a polyp, an unspecified lesion, a cyst and a granuloma. Dr. Robert Ossoff has now ordered complete vocal rest for a minimum of 60 days, during which time he will abstain from concert performances and personal appearances that require talking.

In a written statement, Cagle said, “I cherish tremendously the opportunities I’ve been afforded in the music business. But more than that, I value what the fans and country radio have given me. If I do not take the time to fix what’s going wrong with my vocal cords right now, all of their support for me would have been for nothing — and that’s the last thing I want to happen because of how much they believed in me and my music.

“I love to play. I love the road. You never want to think that could be jeopardized. Connecting with the fans is so important to me. That’s what I live to do. Today I realized how quickly I could destroy everything the fans have given me: their love and their passion.”

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.