Eric Church, Lee Brice, Justin Moore and More: 2017 Country Tour Preview

Martina McBride Resumes Love Unleashed Tour with CMT Next Women of Country

It’s time to load up the semi trucks — the 2017 country tours start this week with new headlining tours from Lee Brice, Justin Moore and Eric Church.

Brice and Moore’s American Made Tour starts Thursday (Jan. 12) in Indianapolis with William Michael Morgan and Brett Young. Brice promises his set will feature live premieres of songs from a forthcoming album, while Moore’s show will mix selections from 2016’s Kinda Don’t Care with hits from his previous three albums.

Others co-headlining new tours in 2017 include Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett.

Church’s Holdin’ My Own Tour starts Friday (Jan. 13) in Lincoln, Nebraska. The tour will feature a new 360-degree stage and visit just over 60 cities with a two-night closer at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena starting May 26. Unlike his previous tours, there will be no support acts — just two full sets by Church and his band with an intermission in between. As with past tours, all ticket orders placed by scalpers will be canceled and any tickets purchased through the secondary market will likely be invalid by show time.

Martina McBride and CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour have partnered to extend her Love Unleashed Tour into 2017. The new dates start Feb. 2 in St. Louis with Lauren Alaina.

Also extending previous tours are Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Dan + Shay and Luke Bryan. Brooks restarts his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood on Jan. 21 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour returns Jan. 27 in Tallahassee, Florida with Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane. Paisley will resume his Life Amplified World Tour in Feb. 1 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario with Chase Bryant and Lindsey Ell. Dan + Shay pick up the Obsessed Tour on Feb. 9 in Rosemont, Illinois. Luke Bryan’s Kill the Light Tour returns for 11 new shows with Brett Eldredge and Brett Young starting Feb. 16 in Huntington, West Virginia.

Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas will return to The Colosseum at Caesars on Feb. 22. Little Big Town start their residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorum on Feb. 24. Kenny Chesney is booked for six festival performances starting April 9 at the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He headlines two nights at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts starting Aug. 25.

Here is a list of 13 other country acts hitting the road in 2017:

Dierks Bentley: The first leg of Bentley’s What the Hell Tour with Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell starts Jan. 19 in Dayton, Ohio and includes his headlining debut at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 21. “There’s a song on [Black] called ‘What The Hell Did I Say’ and it seemed like an appropriate title for a tour with Cole and Pardi,” Bentley said in a press release. “I have a feeling I’ll be asking myself that question the morning after many of our shows and late night hangs because you really don’t know what will happen when the three of us get together.”

The Cadillac Three: Aubrie Sellers, Brent Cobb, Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Quaker City Night Hawks will open various dates on TC3’s new Black Roses Tour. Kicking off Jan. 19 in Memphis, Tennessee, the schedule includes festival shows at Stagecoach, Country USA and Country Fest.

Alan Jackson: The new Honky-Tonk Highway tour starts Jan. 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lee Ann Womack will join him on the road for select dates, starting Jan. 27 in Pensacola, Florida. Performances at the Tortuga Music Festival, Tree Town Music Festival, Nebraskaland Days and Country Stampede are included in the schedule.

Tift Merritt: Merritt will support the release of her sixth studio album Stitch of the World (out Jan. 27) with a three-month tour starting Jan. 20 with a two-night opener in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. Stops include City Winery locations in Nashville, Atlanta and New York City.

Cody Jinks: Most of the shows on Jinks’ 2017 tour — including the Jan. 23 opener in Phoenix, Arizona — are sold out. The schedule includes three sold-out nights at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. Paul Cauthen and Ward Davis will open on all dates through Feb. 18.

Drake White: The Spark Tour will hit 17 clubs nationwide starting Jan. 23 at Bub City in Chicago. The tour will visit Nashville’s Exit/In on April 13. He will open for Darius Rucker for three shows in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany starting March 5 in Zurich. White’s March 11 C2C Official Aftershow Party in London as part of the C2C: Country to Country music festival is sold out.

Miranda Lambert: The Highway Vagabond Tour will be heavy on new songs from her new double album The Weight of These Wings and feature openers Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers. Before opening night in Evansville, Indiana on Jan. 26, Lambert will headline a one-night-only club show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago with Natalie Hemby. Proceeds from the Joe’s show will support Lambert’s Women Creators Scholarship at Nashville’s Belmont University. Lambert will take the Highway Vagabond Tour overseas with shows in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Ireland starting Aug. 16 in Bloemendaal, North Holland.

Brantley Gilbert: The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour kicks off Feb. 2 in Reading, Pennsylvania with Tucker Beathard and Luke Combs appearing on most dates. Gilbert will donate $1 from every ticket sold through the BGNation pre-sale to the Disabled America Veterans, which supports the needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Maren Morris: All the shows on Morris’ Hero Tour 2017 are sold out except for her March 24 gig at Houston’s House of Blues the Bronze Peacock Room. The tour starts Feb. 2 in New York City and includes two nights at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom starting April 4.

Hank Williams, Jr.: Bocephus’ initial 2017 tour schedule includes 10 new shows starting Feb. 3 in West Wendover, Nevada. His festival appearances include sets at the Country 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 27, the Bayou Country Superfest in New Orleans on May 28 and the Washington State Fair in Puyallup on Sept. 16. Additional shows are TBA.

Blake Shelton: The Doing It to Country Songs Tour with RaeLynn and Sundance Head kicks off Feb. 16 in Bakersfield, California. The title of the new tour gets its name from a song on Shelton’s 10th studio album If I’m Honest. On April 23, Shelton will headline the Music & Miracles Superfest at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. The day-long event will feature sets by Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Lynyrd Skynyrd and David Ray. Proceeds from the event will support cancer research and the fight against hunger through the Chicken Salad Chick Foundation.

Thomas Rhett: The Home Team Tour is Rhett’s first time headlining a major concert tour. The trek starts Feb. 23 in Saginaw, Michigan with Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd. The schedule includes two shows at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater starting April 20. Rhett and Old Dominion will open for Chesney’s Gillette Stadium shows in August.

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: In its third year, the nine-city Songs and Stories Tour starts March 22 in Thousand Oaks, California. Each concert will be a series of intimate solo and collaborative performances, during which Gill and Lovett will serve as their own accompanists. “For a night like this, there is no plan,” Gill said. “I know Lyle won’t have a plan, and I won’t either. What he plays will inspire me, and probably vice-versa. It’ll be like playing ping-pong. Whatever song he chooses to sing will inspire the next song that comes out of me.” “I enjoy shows that are not planned out,” Lovett added. “This will be two songwriters in the round. It’s informal, so there will be lots of ad-libbing. It will be like little snapshots of our experiences.”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: It’s been a decade since McGraw and Hill toured together, when they reprised their original Soul2Soul Tour — which was in 2000 — for a Soul2Soul II Tour in 2006 and 2007. Soul2Soul II was the highest grossing multi-year country tour of all time. The couple will bring back the show for a 2017 run starting April 7 in New Orleans. The tour wraps Oct. 27 at the Barclays Center in New York City.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.