Kane Brown is grateful for the opportunity to once again perform to packed crowds after live music got swiftly taken away from us all in March 2020, making Blessed and Free a fitting name for his upcoming tour.
"I definitely appreciate it a lot more," Brown told Wide Open Country from his tour bus. "I felt like I've been retired for the last year. Just to be back out there, I feel like we got our rest. We work all the time, and people will say, 'You need a break.' We had a year-long break, so every artist is ready now."
The 35-date Blessed and Free tour stops at all 29 NBA arenas between Oct. 2021 and Feb. 2022. Jordan Davis and Chase Rice take turns as supporting acts, with signees of Brown's 1021 Entertainment label, Restless Road, along for the whole ride.
The Summer Better With Pepsi sweepstakes winner and 20 of their friends will attend a show on the Blessed and Free tour, where they'll meet Brown and enjoy a spread of ice-cold Pepsi and his Kane Brown's Nashville Hot Royale chicken sandwich, as seen on Guy's Restaurant Reboot and served in June at one of Nashville's hot chicken hotspots, Party Fowl.
The sweepstakes, which can be entered at SummerBetterWithPepsi.com, began on May 20 and lasts through July 31. It's open to legal residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age (19 in Alabama) or older at the time of entry. No purchase is necessary to enter.
"Summer is all about fun food moments with family and friends. Knowing that this summer will see people getting together with loved ones in a way they couldn't last year, we wanted to reward consumers with the unique experiences Pepsi is known for - with one of country music's biggest stars," said Jenny Figueroa, Senior Director of Marketing, South Division, PepsiCo Beverages North America, in a press release. "We are also honored to support our local restaurants as they begin to this road to recovery after business struggles this past year."
Before things fell in place for the "Cool Again" singer to hit the road, he made the most of time spent at home with wife Katelyn Jae and their baby daughter, Kingsley Rose.
"We saw family a lot more," Brown added. "We traveled to Pennsylvania to see my wife's family a lot, which is cool. Basically just went around Nashville and did a lot of things that we never really did since we lived there because we've always been on the road. We went to the zoo a lot. We went to the park I don't know how many times and just walked the park. A lot of basketball, a lot of riding RZRs, Cam-Ams and four-wheelers and playing paintball in the woods."