Ricky Van Shelton Quits Touring

Ricky Van Shelton has announced plans to stop touring to devote more time to family members in his home state of Virginia. In an open letter to fans, he said he and wife “want to be more involved with our immediate families and be available to them and their needs.” The 54-year-old singer added, “Perhaps there will be other musical projects that I can pursue without being away from home for long periods of time.” As a Columbia recording artist, 10 of Shelton’s singles topped Billboard’s country chart in the late ’80s and early ’90s. He last appeared on the Billboard chart in 2000. Shelton has asked to be released from the 10 tour dates he has scheduled for the remainder of 2006.