In a summer of shattering his own attendance records, Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour is the only country tour to land on Pollstar’s midyear survey of the year’s biggest tours. With ticket prices almost half to a third less than the other artists above him, the man the LA Times’ hails as “The People’s Superstar” joins Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, U2, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles and Pink in the Top 10.
Having just received the 2018 Belmont Book Award, honoring the best in country and roots music, Woman Walk The Line: How The Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives takes it to the Hall of Fame. As one of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Author’s Series Selections, it anchors a Women in Country Music Day on Saturday, July 21 with Wanda Jackson; on August 4, it serves as the focal point for a final panel in conjunction with the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Loretta Lynn: Blue Kentucky Girl exhibition.
It’s a tour that’s been years in the making as country music superstars and GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Award-winners Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town kicked off their co-headlining The Bandwagon Tour this weekend, playing to capacity crowds at each of its first three stops beginning Thursday, July 12 at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday night at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Riverbend Music Center and concluding their opening weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center Saturday night.
Fresh from breaking the attendance record he set in 2015 this weekend at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium with 57,528 members of the No Shoes Nation coming out for his Trip Around the Sun Tour, Kenny Chesney sets another record. As “Get Along” tops Billboard’s Country Airplay chart – his 30th career No. 1, the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee becomes the artist with the most No. 1 hits in the history of the chart.
Eric Church, a two-time CMA Album of the Year winner, has a well-known reputation for always bringing his music to the people. With 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood, he went as far as overnighting fans copies of his surprise release.
South Carolina rock band NEEDTOBREATHE (brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt and Josh Lovelace) continues to push boundaries when it comes to putting out new music for their fans. The band’s latest musical offering, Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) released on Atlantic Records, is the product of a ten day recording session at Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, Texas (the famed location where Leon Bridges’ GRAMMY®-nominated debut Coming Home was recorded).