Swirling guitars, banjos, and fiddles. Getting rowdy beneath a starry, Summer night sky. Listening, in awe, from the seats of iconic country music venues, with history so rich you could practically taste it. Looking for the Best Country Concert Tours? This is where it’s at. Here are the best country artists touring in 2018 and 2019.
Zac Brown Band
Tour Dates: March 1, 2019 – April 27, 2019
Zac Brown Band will be extending their “Down the Rabbit Hole” Tour, the past of which includes a historic nine consecutive sold-out shows at Fenway Park in Boston. In addition to hitting the road next Spring, Zac Brown Band has released a new single, “Someone I Used to Know“, with the promise of more new music on the way. We can definitely expect to hear new singles leading up to Zac Brown Band’s “Down the Rabbit Hole” Tour, which kicks off March 2019 in Tulsa, OK.
Tour Dates: February 14, 2019 – March 23, 2019
This upcoming Spring, Blake Shelton will embark on the “Friends and Heroes” Tour, featuring veteran country musicians Tracy Adkins, John Anderson, and the Bellamy Brothers, in addition to special guest Lauren Alaina. Shelton told Billboard, “I think that this is going to be a great opportunity for the country music fan base to be re-introduced to these guys and, selfishly, I’m just excited to share the stage with them!” For a country concert that spans decades in a matter of hours, Shelton’s “Friends and Heroes” Tour is the ticket to buy this Spring.
Tour Dates: May 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
This past September, Carrie Underwood released Cry Pretty, which debuted No. 1 in the Billboard 200, making Underwood the first female artist to bring four country albums to the top of the all-genre chart. After the birth of her child with husband Mike Fisher, Carrie Underwood will embark on the “Cry Pretty 360” Tour, with special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, the first show scheduled for May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Little Big Town
Tour Dates: December 11, 2019 – March 2, 2019
Recently, Little Big Town wrapped up a co-headlining tour with Miranda Lambert, but they will be touring again into this upcoming Spring. “The Breakers” Tour will feature special guests Midland and Ashley McBryde at every date. Though they haven’t released much lately, Little Big Town began 2018 by winning a Grammy for their hit single “Better Man” from The Breaker. Known for their fantastic covers and raucous concerts, Little Big Town is an act you don’t want to miss.
John Prine & Conor Oberst
Tour Dates: November 16, 2018 – December 31, 2018
It isn’t just the rich songbook that got singer/songwriter John Prine where he is today, at the top of the country and Americana genres. It’s the humor, the charm. A likeness that is present both in Prine’s music—most recently, the well-received The Tree of Forgiveness—and in concert. Prine will share the bill this Winter with Nathaniel Rateliff, Conor Oberst, and John Paul White. Prine will complete the U.S portion of his tour in style, at the iconic Opry House in Nashville, TN.
Tour Dates: November 15, 2018 – March 23, 2019
Last March, Kacey Musgraves continued her journey as a Nashville outlier, and released the beautifully penned Golden Hour. Against considerable odds, specifically Chris Stapleton’s From a Room, Vol. 2, Kacey Musgraves took home the almighty Album of the Year award at the 2018 CMA’s. Though the other nominees received much more airplay than Musgraves, who’s had very little support from country radio since 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park, it seems that Golden Hour was the record to wake country music fans up to her talent. Not to mention, the artist’s “oh: what a world” tour will be even better from this incredible accomplishment, which must’ve put a notch of confidence in her already dazzling performances.
Tour Dates: April 11, 2019 – May 11, 2019
The Unapologetically singer Kelsea Ballerini will embark on a 14-date North American tour next April. The “Miss Me More” Tour will feature special guests Brett Young and Brandon Ratcliff. The 25-year old singer just wrapped up a tour with Keith Urban, but the “Miss Me More” Tour will be Ballerini’s first headlining tour of this size. More recognized than ever as the very talented, rising country star she is, Kelsea Ballerini will be playing within the Grand Ole Opry walls in no time.
Tour Dates: November 16, 2018 – December 29, 2018
It took no time at all for the California-native, Southern influenced Brett Young to get a headlining stint beneath his belt, which occurred last year when the country musician toured in support of Caliville. Taking from his experiences touring beneath Thomas Rhett, Brett Young will embody the role of tour boss while on the road this Winter.
Tour Dates: November 29, 2018 – September 19, 2019
This past September, at a sold-out Ryman Auditorium, Old Dominion performed a rare, full set, featuring a spectacular number of guests. The concert became a milestone for the band, the perfect fuel for an upcoming tour, and album release. Recently, Old Dominion released “Make It Sweet“, the first taste from their new album, and the title of this Winter’s tour. According to the band, the new album will be completed by January 1st, and on the shelves sometime next Spring.
Tour Dates: January 17, 2019 – March 30, 2019
Named after the second single from 2018’s The Wilderness, Dierks Bentley’s upcoming “Burning Man” Tour will kick off in Canada, with dates scheduled into Spring. Bentley will be joined by Jon Pardi and Tenille Towns, with special appearances by Bentley’s country parody band, Hot Country Knights. And if you happen to see a little plane flying overhead, booking it home after the concert? You could be watching Dierks Bentley himself, piloting home.
Tour Dates: January 18, 2019 – June 29, 2019
Following the release of his latest album Desperate Man, country singer Eric Church will embark on the “Double Down” Tour, which includes two nights at each stop. Each performance will be unique, making it completely justifiable to catch Church two nights in a row. The only lone performance will take place at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. This is the second time Eric Church has taken on a tour of this immensity, the first being 2017’s “Holdin’ My Own Tour”.
Tour Dates: November 16, 2018 – April 14, 2019
It continues to be a wild, wonderful life for Willie Nelson, who will be honored with a night of celebrity reverence when Blackbird Presents hosts Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw, A Willie Nelson All-Star Concert Celebration in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. And what great timing, as this career-honoring night will uncertainly buoy Willie Nelson through a pretty extensive North American tour. This year, Nelson released not one, but two albums, including My Way, Nelson’s tribute to Frank Sinatra’s songbook. Fans can expect to hear plenty from My Way and Last Man Standing on this upcoming tour, in addition to hearing Willie Nelson’s classics.