10. Chris Stapleton
2018 is officially here, which means our favorite country artists will be on the road and back at work. Curious about the where/when/how of your favorite artists? We have our picks for 2018’s Top 10 Tours, with some stellar performances you won’t want to miss.
Stapleton doesn’t actually have an official tour this year. In fact, his website only has 7 dates on his calendar, three of which are music festivals. So why he is on the Top 10 Tours List? Good question. The answer is because of two unique performances.
This year, Stapleton is guest performing twice with the Eagles. Both dates are in Texas in June. Even without Glenn Frey, the Eagles are still an iconic band. Seeing Chris Stapleton and Don Henley perform together will be extraordinary. You can find out more about these two incredible shows or his festival dates on Stapleton’s website.
9. Thomas Rhett
Rhett hits the road in early April, kicking off his Life Changes tour April 5 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From there, he has has intense schedule with dates through the end of October, and shows in 30 different cities in America. Joining him are openers including Brett Young and Carly Pearce. Tickets and information are available on his website.
8. George Strait
King George isn’t doing much on the road this season, but any chance to see this iconic country star deserves a mention. He’ll be playing Las Vegas in early February with his “Strait to Vegas” show. Additionally, he has a few shows in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. There won’t be many chances left to see the semi-retired King of Country, so get them while you can. Information can be found on his website.
7. Miranda Lambert
Lambert takes her Livin’ Like Hippies tour on the road early. (The title comes from one her tracks on her latest album, The Weight of These Wings.) Her tour kicks off January 18 in Greenville, South Carolina and from there literally zigzags across America. Lambert has also included some great openers, including Brent Cobb, Turnpike Troubadours, Sunny Sweeney, and Ashley McBryde. Additionally, Jon Pardi, the CMA New Artist of the Year, joins her for several events.
She has dates on both coasts, as well as up and down the Midwest. Her tour calendar only has dates listed through March, however. So in the event that she doesn’t add more dates, buy early. You can get more information on her website.
6. Brantley Gilbert
Gilbert starts his The Ones That Like Me tour on February 1 in Worcester Massachusetts. His calendar has dates listed through late July. He is touring in the eastern and southern United States (with some Canadian dates) for this first half of the year. No word if he’ll head west during the second half. VIP packages are also available, which are purchased with tickets. You can get more information on his website.
5. Reba McEntire
The Queen of Country is back in 2018. McEntire teamed up with Brooks & Dunn last year for a series of shows in Vegas, which they will repeat this year. You can see them at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace through most of March and August.
However, she will also be performing a handful of solo shows. Her tour kicks off on March 4 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida, and she’ll be at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 10. More information is on her website.
4. Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is hitting the road early with his 2018 What Makes You Country tour. His official tour kicks off February 16 in Springfield, Missouri. However, he is also playing January 17-20 in Mexico (nice working vacation this time of year). From there, he zigzags across America. His tour calendar has dates listed until late July, though some are already sold-out (so, get tickets early). For more information, visit his website.
3. Blake Shelton
Shelton, 2017’s most listened to radio artist, is returning to the stage in 2018. His Country Music Freaks tour begins February 15 in his beloved home state of Oklahoma. He’ll be playing at the BOK Center in Tulsa. From there, he spends time all across the midwest and eastern states of the US. His tour calendar only has dates listed through late March. It is uncertain if Shelton plans to extend the dates or will be absorbed with other projects, such as The Voice. Given his small amount of time on the road, get tickets early. More information is available on his website.
2. Tim McGraw (and Faith Hill)
Nashville’s power couple are bringing back their Soul2Soul tour for 2018. The tour was such a huge hit in 2017 that the couple decided to add 2018 dates to their calendar. They kick off this new year on March 31 in Richmond, Virginia and then head across the country. The final dates in July on their tour calendar are in California–one of the few tours that has committed to both coasts. This was a sellout tour in 2017, so waiting to buy tickets is not encouraged. You can get more information on McGraw’s website.
1. Garth Brooks
Brooks is actually not on tour in 2018. His three year tour wrapped up in Nashville last month. However, he is headlining the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, California (that’s the same spot where Coachella takes place). Stagecoch is one of California’s largest country music festivals (if not the largest), with three days of music, drinking, and fun.
So if you managed to miss one of the almost 400 shows he played over the last three years, here’s one more chance to see the CMA Entertainer of the Year. The festival dates are April 27-29, and more information can be found on the Stagecoach website.
That wraps up the Top 10 Tours of 2018 for our country music fans. We were sad that we couldn’t add Carrie Underwood to the list, but she hasn’t announced any live dates for 2018. Regardless, 2018 is already shaping up to be a stellar year for country music.