Most country acts will be popping their corks in private on New Year’s Eve. But a few zealous souls will get their first glimpse of 2005 through the heartwarming glare of spotlights at clubs, casinos and arenas around the nation. Here’s who’s playing where:
Billy Joe Royal at the Louisiana Convention Center in Alexandria, La.
Buck Owens, Brad Paisley and Dwight Yoakam at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif.
Confederate Railroad at the Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, N.D.
Exile at the Grand Resort Hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Gene Watson at the Texas City Convention Center in Texas City, Texas.
Joe Diffie at Cactus Pete’s in Jackpot, Nev.
Julie Roberts at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.
Michael Peterson at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport, Ore.
Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue County at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
Pat Green at the Gwinett Center in Duluth, Ga.
Robert Earl Keen at the Hobby Center in Houston.
Sawyer Brown at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.
The Del McCoury Band at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Toby Keith and Terri Clark at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville.
Tracy Lawrence at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Texas.