It's shaping up to be an amazing year for country fans. Stadium dates, arena tours and a whole lot of twang are in store for those hitting many of 2014's best shows. So in no particular order, here's our list of the Top Tours of 2014!
After selling out his entire 2013 Dirt Road Diaries Tour, Luke Bryan is dialing up an even bigger experience for fans in 2014. Luke is scheduled for more than 70 shows this year on his massive That's My Kind of Night Tour, and for the first time ever in his career, he'll headline a series of stadium dates. Pittsburgh, PA's Heinz Field (6/21), Philadelphia, PA's Lincoln Financial Field (8/15) and Chicago's Soldier Field (8/31) are all on the list as Luke takes his electrifying live performance to the next level. Dierks Bentley will join as a special guest for the stadium shows in Pittsburgh and Chicago while Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are along for the majority of shows. Ticket sales for select dates begin January 24 through the Live Nation Country MegaTicket promotion. Visit Luke's Tour Page for more info.
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Though official dates have yet to be released, Garth Brooks announced in December that a full World Tour is set to launch in the fall of 2014. This will be Garth's first full-scale tour since 2000 and comes after an enormously successful four-year solo residency at the Wynn Las Vegas. "It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring," Garth told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts during his announcement, noting that it's the right time to tour again now that his kids are grown. Garth's wife Trisha Yearwood will also be hitting the road this year with her husband. As a precursor to the world tour, Garth will return to Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland – the location of his legendary 1997 sold out concerts – July 25 & 26. Visit Garth's Official Website for more info.
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Well, this is it. George Strait is retiring from the road (but thankfully not from music altogether) with the final dates of his two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. From now until the end of spring, George is making one last lap around the US as he hits 25 cities before a final farewell show at AT&T Stadium (home of the NFL Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, TX on June 7. It's going to be a star-studded affair as some of today's biggest country artists join for select shows that include arenas and stadiums. Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride are just a few of the artists who will take turns opening up for the King of Country along the way. VIP Packages Available. Visit George's Tour Page for more info.
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Tim McGraw is back in 2014 with new music and a new tour. Kicking things off in May, Tim's The Sundown Heaven Town 2014 Tour will hit more than 30 cities as he travels coast to coast. Tim's getting started out West where he'll visit cities including Sacramento and San Diego before a cross-country trip that includes Dallas, St. Louis and Tampa. Add in special appearances such as a guest spot with wife Faith Hill opening for George Strait at Foxboro, MA's Gillette Stadium, and Tim's summer-long trek will be lighting it up long after sundown. Tickets for select dates are on sale now through the Live Nation Country MegaTicket promotion. Visit Tim's Tour Page for more info.
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The last time Jason Aldean went on tour he set multiple live attendance records, while selling out such iconic venues as Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field. Now the road warrior's hitting the highway again in 2014 with plans for approximately 50 dates on his new 2014 Burn It Down Tour. The tour starts May 1 in Roanoke, VA, and as a lifelong sports fan, Jason is fulfilling some of his own dreams with concert stops at multiple Major League Baseball parks. These special dates include Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA), PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA) and Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati, OH). Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr are along for the ride and ticket sales for select dates begin January 24 through the Live Nation Country MegaTicket promotion. Visit Jason's Tour Page for more info.
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Lady A kicks off the summer leg of their Take Me Downtown Tour on March 22 in Phoenix, AZ. With more than 80 shows scheduled through the end of August, members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are out to deliver their dynamic live show to fans coast to coast. In addition to previously-announced stops like New York's Madison Square Garden (2/21) and Los Angeles' Staples Center (3/18), the seven-time Grammy award winners recently announced new dates including Atlanta (4/11), Tampa, FL (5/17) and Columbus, OH (7/25). Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are hitting the road again with Lady A while Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols join for select dates. Ticket sales for select dates begin January 24 through the Live Nation Country MegaTicket promotion. Visit Lady A's Tour Page for more info.
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Blake Shelton keeps it crazy good with 20 new dates for his hugely popular Ten Times Crazier Tour. The trek that started in 2013 will extend through summer 2014 after cranking up in June with newly-added cities that include Chicago, IL, Albuquerque, NM, and Denver, CO. Blake will also be hitting several summer festivals and fairs such as the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, OR (8/17) as he performs hits from his CMA Album of the Year Based On A True Story? in addition to fan favorites. The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay are hitting the road with Blake and ticket sales for select dates begin January 24 through the Live Nation Country MegaTicket promotion. Meet & Greet packages available. Visit Blake's Tour Page for more info.
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Jake Owen is hitting the road in 2014 on his brand new Days Of Gold Tour 2014. The Florida native gets things started on March 20 in Brookings, SD and will wind his way through more than 55 cities before ending with a homecoming show in Vero Beach, FL on October 25. For a party vibe that goes all night, Jake's inviting the Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Thomas Rhett and The Cadillac Three to share support duties. Throw in festival shows like Country Jam USA (Grand Junction, CO; 6/19) and the Oregon Jamboree (Sweet Home, OR; 8/2), and it's sure shaping up to be a golden year for the hit singer. Visit Jake's Tour Page for more info.
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Naming his new tour for his upcoming album due in February, Dierks Bentley is promising big things on his 2014 Riser Tour. "This tour is the culmination of everything I've been working on for the past two years," Dierks said in a recent press release. "I can promise that we are going big!" Tapping Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi for support, Dierks already has 25+ shows on the books for the tour's first leg that kicks off May 9 in Charlotte, NC. It's a coast-to-coast run for Dierks this summer as he rolls through cities including Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Las Vegas. Ticket sales for select dates begin January 24 through the Live Nation Country MegaTicket promotion. Visit Dierks' Tour Page for more info.
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Craig Morgan launched the first leg of his The Journey Tour 2014 on January 21 in West Palm Beach, FL. The 20-date run crisscrosses the nation with stops that include the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NY (3/15) and the Rusty Spur in Fort Wayne, IN (3/22) before a short run through Southern California House of Blues venues in mid-April. Be ready for a high-energy show packed tight with hits like "Redneck Yacht Club," "That's What I Love About Sunday" and "This Ole Boy" as Craig delivers his highly-entertaining show. Halfway To Hazard's Chad Warrix is joining Craig out on the road this spring. Meet & Greet packages are available. Visit Craig's Tour Page for more info.
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