New Year Opens With Superstar Tours Launching

Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Jason Aldean Prepare to Hit the Road

Looking at the thickly woven touring landscape for the coming year, you can almost hear the lion roar of buses and the rat-a-tat-tat of stage carpenters. No matter where you live in the U.S., there’s a country superstar headed your way.

Taylor Swift ’s Red tour encompasses 57 dates, including nine stadium shows and multi-show appearances in Omaha, Neb.; St. Louis; Newark, N.J.; Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Glendale, Ariz.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; St. Paul, Minn.; and Nashville. The tour opens March 13 in Omaha.

Kenny Chesney ’s No Shoes Nation tour will take him to 17 major cities. The Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves will open all his shows, with Eric Church and the Zac Brown Band appearing at selected venues. Chesney’s tour opens March 16 in Tampa. Fla.

George Strait , who’s announced he will retire from touring following the 2014 segment of the Cowboy Rides Away tour, will headline 20 shows in 2013, with Martina McBride as his principal opening act. It opens Jan. 18 in Lubbock, Texas.

Jason Aldean is still adding dates to his Night Train tour. So far, he’s got 17 shows nailed down. The tour opens Feb. 21 in Bossier City, La.

Toby Keith , that war horse of touring, lists 13 confirmed date for the 2013 edition of his Live in Overdrive tour. It starts Jan. 19 in Durant, Okla.

These are the dates for Taylor Swift’s Red tour:

March 13-14: Omaha, Neb.
March 18-19: St. Louis
March 22: Charlotte, N.C.
March 23: Columbia, S.C.
March 27-29: Newark, N.J.
April 10: Miami
April 11-12: Orlando, Fla.
April 18-19: Atlanta
April 20: Tampa, Fla.
April 25: Cleveland
April 26: Indianapolis
April 27: Lexington, Ky.
May 4: Detroit
May 7: Louisville, Ky.
May 8: Columbus, Ohio
May 11-12: Washington, D.C.
May 16: Houston
May 21: Austin, Texas
May 22: San Antonio
May 25: Dallas
May 28-29: Glendale, Ariz.
June 1: Salt Lake City
June 2: Denver
June 15: Toronto
June 22: Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 29: Vancouver, British Columbia
July 6: Pittsburgh
July 20: Philadelphia
July 27: Foxboro, Mass.
Aug. 1: Des Moines, Iowa
Aug 2-3: Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 6: Wichita, Kans.
Aug. 7: Tulsa, Okla.
Aug. 10: Chicago
Aug. 19-20: Los Angeles
Aug. 27: Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 30: Portland, Ore.
Aug. 31: Tacoma, Wash.
Sept. 6: Fargo, N.D.
Sept. 7-8: St. Paul, Minn.
Sept. 12: Greensboro, N.C.
Sept. 13: Raleigh, N.C.
Sept. 14: Charlottesville, Va.
Sept. 19-21: Nashville

These are the dates for Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour:

March 16: Tampa, Fla.
May 4: Columbia, S.C.
May 11: Dallas
May 18: Milwaukee
May 25: Landover, Md.
June 1: Seattle
June 8: Philadelphia
June 15: Kansas City, Mo.
June 22: Pittsburgh
June 29: Columbus, Ohio
July 12: Minneapolis
July 20: Denver
July 27: Anaheim, Calif.
Aug 3: Atlanta
Aug 10: East Rutherford, N.J.
Aug 17: Detroit
Aug 24: Foxboro, Mass.

These are the dates for George Strait’s 2013 segment of the Cowboy Rides Away tour:

Jan. 18: Lubbock, Tex.
Jan. 19: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Jan. 25: Salt Lake City
Jan. 26: Nampa, Idaho
Jan. 31: Sacramento
Feb. 1: Fresno, Calif.
Feb. 2: Las Vegas
Feb. 15 St. Paul, Minn.
Feb. 16: Grand Forks, N.D.
Feb. 22: Buffalo, N.Y.
Feb. 23: Hartford, Conn.
March 1: Knoxville, Tenn.
March 2: Lexington, Ky.
March 17: Houston
March 22: Greenville, S.C.
March 23: Greensboro, N.C.
April 5: Albuquerque, N.M.
April 6: Las Cruces, N.M.
April 12: North Little Rock, Ark.
April 13: New Orleans

These are the dates for the first leg of Jason Aldean’s Night Train tour:

Feb. 21: Bossier City, La.
Feb. 22: Lafayette, La.
Feb. 23: Biloxi, Miss.
Feb. 28-March 1: Uncasville, Conn.
March 11: Houston
April 12: Athens, Ga.
April 25: Evansville, Ind.
June 28: Manhattan, Kans.
June 29: Milwaukee
June 30: Cadott, Wis.
July 11: Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 12-13: Boston, Mass.
July 20: Chicago, Ill.
July 26: Cheyenne, Wyo.
Aug. 2: Bowmanville, Ontario

These are the dates of Toby Keith’s Live in Overdrive tour:

Jan. 19: Durant, Okla.
Feb. 9: San Antonio
Feb. 25: Houston
April 13: Florence, Ariz.
April 26: Indio, Calif.
June 28: Oshkosh, Wis.
June 29: Cadott, Wis.
July 27: Cheyenne, Wyo.
July 30: Davenport, Iowa
Aug. 2: Sweet Home, Ore.
Aug. 6: Sturgis, S.D.
Aug. 14: Springfield, Ill.
Sept. 1: Essex Junction, Vermont

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to