OFFSTAGE: Chris Young Compares Tourmates

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Chris Young is touring with Miranda Lambert right now. And from the sound of what he told Cowboys & Indians magazine, he’s loving it. They share a trainer, and he likes to work out around noon. “I’m more an afternoon-evening person,” he says. “Miranda’s the same way — she’s, like, a three, four o’clock girl.” But Young has been fortunate to tour with all kinds of country artists so far and says he learns from everybody. “Everybody does something unique that spotlights who they are onstage,” Young explains. “We were out with Jason Aldean before Miranda. He’s more of a rock ‘n’ roll show. Miranda rocks out, too, but she does some stripped-down stuff and ballads. Before him, we were with Rascal Flatts, and they are completely different from both Jason and Miranda. And before them, I was with Alan Jackson, who’s more of a stand-and-deliver guy. He tells a lot of stories and actually did one of the coolest things I’ve seen. In his show, he started bringing out stools, and he did a mashup of a lot of his hits in chronological order and told stories.” Which makes me so happy since Jackson is about to head out on the road playing fairs and festivals all summer long. And his new album Thirty Miles West might just be the best he’s ever recorded.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.