Droves of the top country music artists are out on the concert trail — or soon will be. Even in these dicey economic times, there appears to be an insatiable appetite for live music and the sensation of being close to one’s idols.
Here is a roundup of current and impending tours:
Riding high on the spectacular sales of their Need You Now album, Lady Antebellum have approximately 39 dates yet to go on their tour. It ends Nov. 20 at the Midland Theater in Kansas City, Mo. Lady A will open for Tim McGraw on two of these dates. Later on, David Nail will open for Lady A.
The Zac Brown Band resumes touring Aug. 11 at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N. C., and concludes the circuit 21 shows later on Sept. 26 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif.
CMT on Tour: Miranda Lambert Revolution launches Sept. 29 at Terminal 5 in New York City. With Eric Church and Josh Kelley as supporting acts, the caravan will roll through 26 shows in 21 other states, culminating at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Dec. 10.
With 36 dates still on the horizon, Jason Aldean will cap his Wide Open tour on Nov. 20 at Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth, Ga. Luke Bryan will serve as primary opener with Uncle Kracker stepping in on four dates.
The Judds’ 18-date Last Encore tour commences Nov. 26 at the Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis., and wraps Dec. 19 at US Airways Center in Phoenix.
Hank Williams Jr. has 14 more dates on his Rowdy Friends tour, which numbers among its warm-up acts Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Sunny Sweeney, Josh Thompson and the Grascals. The trail ends Oct. 23 at RBC Center in Raleigh, N. C.
Brooks & Dunn will sing the end of an era Sept. 2 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena when they close out their Last Rodeo tour. There are still 14 dates to go. Their opening acts on various dates include Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard.
There are eight dates still ahead for Keith Urban before he bows out Sept. 5 at Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn.
Gary Allan headlines 22 more shows, assisted by Randy Houser, until turning out the lights Dec. 11 at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N. C.
Sugarland’s Incredible Machine tour concludes Oct. 16 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla. There are 29 more dates to go.
Vince Gill and Amy Grant will debut their 11-city, 12-date Twelve Days of Christmas tour Dec. 8 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla., and close it out Dec. 22 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.