Gary Allan, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Jack Ingram and Montgomery Gentry are among the country artists who will be ringing in the new year with their fans at concerts throughout the U.S.
will be appearing Thursday (Dec. 31) at House of Blues in Las Vegas. Johnson is headlining at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
in Pikeville, Ky., while his recent CMT on Tour partner, Randy Houser, will be at Wild Bill's in Duluth, Ga. Also in the southland,
Justin Moore is in his home state of Arkansas for a show at the Village in Little Rock.
Much farther north, Gloriana will be visiting Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash.
of the most interesting pairings of talent and venue is Montgomery Gentry's appearance at Agua Caliente Resort and Spa in
Rancho Mirage, Calif. (No offense to Eddie Montgomery, but can you picture him at a spa?)
As always, Texas claims the
highest concentration of country music concerts on New Year's Eve. In Houston, the live music offerings include Cross
Canadian Ragweed at House of Blues and the Eli Young Band at the Verizon Wireless
Theater. The overachievers of the day are the members of Reckless Kelly, who will be
playing an afternoon show at Reliant Stadium in Houston as part of the Texas Bowl pre-game festivities before heading to Dallas
to close the night at House of Blues.
Also in the DFW area, Chris Young will be
at Cowboys Dancehall in Dallas, Roger Creager is set for Cowboys in Arlington and Texas favorite Kevin
Fowler will be headlining at one of the nation's biggest country nightspots -- Billy Bob's Texas.
Ingram's New Year's Eve show takes place at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.
In Austin, Robert
Earl Keen, the Randy Rogers Band, the Band
of Heathens and Wade Bowen will be at the Austin Music Hall. Also in Austin, Joe
Ely and Dale Watson will be sharing the bill at Antone's, and Austin mainstay Alvin
Crow will be at the Broken Spoke.
In Nashville, Rodney Atkins headlines an event
touted as the Bash on Broadway, a free street party taking place downtown on Broadway between First and Third avenues. The
music also features the Gabe Dixon Band, Tommy Sims and Friends and the Dirt Drifters (with scheduled guest appearances by
Marc Broussard and Jonny Lang).
For those preferring to do
their celebrating indoors in Nashville, Old Crow Medicine Show and former BR549 member Chuck Mead are appearing at the Ryman Auditorium. Singer-songwriter Jeffrey
Steele will rock in 2010 at the Wildhorse Saloon, and former Mavericks frontman
Raul Malo will be offering a midnight toast at 3rd & Lindsley.
If you're out
and about on New Year's Eve, do everybody a favor -- including the artists -- and enlist a friend as your designated driver.
Or call a taxi or contact one of the many organizations offering free rides to those who have overindulged. One prominent
artist, who will remain unidentified, no longer performs anywhere on New Year's Eve because of the danger in getting to and
from the gig. We wouldn't want that to become a trend.