In October, Kelley announced a 22-date tour of small club venues across the country. The tour, which was to feature support from highly buzzed-about artist Maren Morris, was meant to follow the success of Kelley’s debut solo single “The Driver”.
The critically-celebrated track, which featured vocals from Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay, even earned a Grammy nomination this week. Somehow, the track hasn’t been connecting with music programmers and has struggled on the country airplay charts.
Over the past few weeks, rumors were flying that the future of the previously announced tour was up in the air. After opener Maren Morris changed her touring schedule and removed her dates with Kelley, many speculated that the tour had been completely cancelled.
The tour was set to kick off in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 28, but was cancelled just a day before. According to the Sun Times-Cleveland, Kelley’s rep said that the date would be rescheduled in early 2016, but wouldn’t give a reason for the change.
Out of the six dates that were originally plotted through today, Kelley only performed his solo date in New York on Dec. 1. Many fans took to Kelley’s Facebook page to voice their frustration after his date in Atlanta was cancelled at the last minute, even after he performed an acoustic set at a local radio station that morning.
Now, Kelley’s website has posted this message on the tour section of his website, where all future dates have been removed. “A portion of upcoming tour dates is moving to early 2016. For more information on rescheduled dates, check back here. Thanks for your continued support.”
Many are speculating that Kelley’s reps have pushed back the tour due to the disappointing performance of his lead single. Whatever the reason may be, the incredibly poor handling of this initial tour has put Kelley’s solo career off to a surprisingly rocky start.