Billy Currington’s bus is on the road again for his biggest musical adventure yet with Friday’s (Feb. 19) launch of his Summer Forever Tour in San Antonio, Texas.
Currington says he couldn’t have been more excited to hear the news that he was getting his own headlining tour.
“For someone who’s been opening for artists ever since I started basically, I lit up inside,” he told CMT.com in a recent chat. “There are so many benefits to doing your own tour. There are so many blessings. Things like being able to play longer, calling your own shots, designing your tour yourself. … I could go on and on.”
Another big responsibility and perk is the ability to pick your own opening act. For Currington, there was one artist he was certain he wanted on the tour: Kelsea Ballerini.
“I’d done a show with her about a month or two earlier, and everything about her was so enlightening,” he said. “It was happy, and the people around her were happy. I could tell she’s girl that at a very young age already knows how to run a business.
“It starts with how you treat people. I noticed how she was talking to her road manager and others, and I just fell in love with the person. I saw how her fans were reacting to the show. So when they asked me, I said, ‘Can you ask Kelsea first?’ Fortunately, we got her.”
This will definitely be a tour full of happy vibes, positivity and fun. Currington told me that he’s learned a lot over the years from tour hosts like Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw who are “amazing at what they do.” From the parking lot outside to the lines at the door to even the preshow music inside the arena, Currington has fashioned a way to make each moment of the concert experience memorable for his audience.
“We have some fun things up our sleeve,” Currington hinted.
In April, the tour will stop in Currington’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia, at the Savannah Civic Center, a venue near and dear to his heart.
“The very first concert I ever saw was Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton at the Savannah Civic Center,” he told me. “My mama took me when I was a little kid. That concert was part of what was instilled in to me create this dream that started when I was about 16 years old … to do what Kenny Rogers was doing. I became the biggest Kenny Rogers fan in the world in that Civic Center.”
Currington’s tour continues through April.