The end of the year isn’t just for reflecting on everything that happened over the last 12 months. It’s also for looking forward to what’s in store. And when it comes to country music tours, 2017 has quite the slate. Let’s take a look at some of the most anticipated country music tours of 2017.
Miranda Lambert’s newly announced “Highway Vagabond Tour” is sure to be a hit just as her 2016 tour was. In addition to her arena shows, she’s got some festival dates and what looks to be two really amazing shows at Whitewater Amphitheater in August. Look forward to hearing a lot of music off her phenomenal new album The Weight Of These Wings.
Though he’s only announced 12 dates so far, expect Alan Jackson to announce more as he hits the road for shows in 2017. Even cooler, Lee Ann Womack joins for select dates.
Margo Price has been hard at work since her critically-lauded debut album. She’s back at it in the first quarter of 2017 with an impressive tour that spans 29 dates through April 22, plus some extra festival shows. She also hits new international markets like Denmark, Mexico and the U.K. It’s an exciting time for the silky-voiced soul bearer.
If massive production, packed arenas and one of country’s biggest hitmakers are your thing, Blake Shelton has you covered. Billboard‘s second-biggest star of 2016 takes to the road in 2017 with protege RaeLynn. So far, he’s announced 13 shows with her on the “Doing It To Country Songs Tour,” plus he’s got another 9 lined up.
Ain’t no rest for the wicked. Bentley had a big hit with his “Somewhere On A Beach” tour in 2016, but before it even finished he announced a whole new tour in 2017. Dubbed the “What The Hell Tour,” Bentley takes on Canada and several other cities he didn’t hit last year in this 23-town tour. Openers include Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.
The country legend had to postpone a few shows in 2016 for health reasons, but he’s still got plenty left in the tank, as evidenced by his long list of tour dates in 2017. He spends a lot of time in sunny America, including Las Vegas, Florida and California.
Chris Stapleton has a string of big shows lined up already for 2017. He starts in March by visiting our neighbors to the north before running all around the U.S. Oh, and don’t forget his select dates opening for Tom Petty. Billboard’s top country artist of 2016 is already looking at a big 2017, too.
Cody Jinks’ club show tour is hitting capacity in a lot of high-dollar markets, which means it may be time for him to upgrade his venues. The West Coast has a few prime opportunities to see Jinks in early 2017, though many of those shows are already sold out. But don’t worry, he’s likely to get back at it later in the year as well (though no dates have been announced yet). Fresh off his immensely enjoyable album I’m Not The Devil, Jinks is positioning himself as one of country music’s artists to watch in 2017.
Eric Church is hitting more than 60 different cities between January and May of 2017. That’s a big ol’ tour. The “Holdin’ My Own Tour” is already sold out in several cities, so don’t delay your chance to see one of mainstream country’s most respected artists.
It just keeps getting better and better for the Texas transplant. After opening Keith Urban’s super successful “ripCORD World Tour,” Maren Morris heads off on her own string of headlining club shows. She already had to add dates in Nashville and New York City. And nearly all the other dates sold out in a matter of minutes. In other words, it’s one of the most anticipated country music tours in 2017 by a long shot. Keep an eye on her show at Gruene Hall in March.
Martina McBride’s successful “Love Unleashed Tour” in 2016 spawned a two-month extension starting in February. She’s on a roll, so don’t expect anything less than the best from one of the genre’s best voices.
Josh Abbott Band
Josh Abbott Band literally just announced this 28-show-and-counting tour to support his album Front Row Seat. He’s moving all over the country in support of a record that really expanded his reach and earned him critical favor.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
One of the biggest announcements of the year, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s revived Soul2Soul tour attempts world domination in 2017. The powerhouse couple hit 65 cities over the course of seven months. The original Soul2Soul Tour occurred in 2000, and a second happened in 2006. Expect this one to be the biggest yet.
I mean, come on. He started it in 2014 and hasn’t stopped since. Garth Brooks’ comeback world tour has brought in hundreds of millions of dollars. He has a unique way of only revealing a few new cities at a time, where he usually plays at least three (sometimes seven) shows. There’s absolutely nothing like it in the history of music, and you should be a part of it.
There are a few other key tours to note. Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett have a few shows together for the West Coast. Little Big Town also has their Ryman Auditorium residency. And with a new record in February, they’ll surely announce more dates. But for now, it’s safe to say you’ve got plenty of country music tours to look forward to in 2017.