Country music’s brightest stars are ready to hit the road for 2014. From one legend’s farewell to another’s comeback, the year will be full of fantastic concerts.
On the minds of many will be George Strait‘s bittersweet send-off as he finishes up his Cowboy Rides Away tour. Fans are jockeying for tickets to one of these final shows, and artists have also jumped at the chance to join the reigning CMA entertainer of the year before he retires from touring.
Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and more are all set to open for Strait at various shows in 2014, and then he’s bringing many back for a star-studded finale at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on June 7.
Many of Strait’s openers will also headline tours of their own:
Aldean’s Night Train tour rolls on with dates continuing through May, and McGraw and Hill will continue their Soul2Soul stint at the Venetian in Las Vegas through April.
Taylor Swift will wrap up her Red tour overseas playing five shows in London in February, and Brad Paisley decided that summer wasn’t enough. He’ll continue his Beat This Summer tour as the Beat This Winter tour through February.
Lady Antebellum will return to touring after a hiatus for the birth of singer Hillary Scott’s first child in July. Originally slated to begin in November 2013, the group’s Take Me Downtown tour will kick off Friday (Jan. 10) in Peoria, Ill.
And in one of the most anticipated tours of 2014, country icon Garth Brooks has announced he will return to performing. Following the No. 1 release of his latest album Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, the singer confirmed he will embark on a three-year world tour, but dates have not yet been released.
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