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"We've been looking for ways to give my fanbase a name," he explained this morning during the big announcement on his No Shoes Radio. "Everybody has built No Shoes Nation. What we've created on the road is something so special -- the fans, myself, the band, crew... Their love for the music is constant; they are so passionate about the music."
Eric Church has scored an opening slot on the No Shoes Nation Tour, presented by Corona Light. "I think he's a real artist," Kenny says of his decision to invite the "Springsteen" singer on the road. "I met him with my trainer years ago in the gym. He had just gotten to town. To see his progression, to see the songwriter and artist he's becoming, he totally deserves that spot on our stadium tour. He's a great fit for what we do out there."
Eli Young Band has ACM Awards voters to thank for their opening slot on the No Shoes Nation Tour. "I didn't know much about them," Kenny admits, "but their song 'Crazy Girl' beat 'You and Tequila' (Kenny's duet with Grace Potter) for Song of the Year ... and I went, 'Wait a minute!' So I went and listened to their record and was really impressed."
Kasey Musgraves is another artist whose record perked Kenny's ears, so much so that he invited her on the road. "My manager Clint told me about this girl," the tour boss explains. "She's got a great record ... one of the freshest, most authentic female singer/songwriters I've heard in a while."
Zac Brown Band, who toured with Kenny in the summer of 2011, will join him again on select dates in 2013. (See below.)
The No Shoes Radio Tour marks 20 years of touring for Kenny, who is consistently ranked among the top-selling touring acts in all genres every time he gasses up the tour bus. The Tennessee native has played a record 85 stadium shows in his career, and will push that number over 100 after this next tour.
See below for the list of stadium shows on the trek. The full list of cities and dates should be announced soon.
Sat. Mar 16 -- Tampa, FL -¬ Raymond James Stadium^
Sat. May 4 -- Columbia, SC - Williams Brice Stadium*
Sat. May 11 -- Dallas, TX -- Dallas Cowboys Stadium^
Sat. May 18 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Miller Park^
Sat. May 25 -- Landover, MD -- FedExField^
Sat. Jun 1 ¬ Seattle, WA ¬ CenturyLink Field^
Sat. Jun 8 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Lincoln Financial Field^
Sat. Jun 15 -- Kansas City, MO -- Arrowhead Stadium^
Sat. Jun 22 -- Pittsburgh, PA ¬- Heinz Field^
Sat. Jun 29 -- Columbus, OH ¬ Crew Stadium^
Fri. Jul 12 -- Minneapolis, MN -- Target Field*
Sat. Jul 20 -- Denver, CO -- Sports Authority Field at Mile High^
Sat. Jul 27 -- Anaheim, CA -- Angels Stadium^
Sat. Aug 3 - Atlanta, GA -- Georgia Dome*
Sat. Aug 10 -- East Rutherford, NJ -- MetLife Stadium^
Sat. Aug 17 -- Detroit, MI -- Ford Field^
Sat. Aug 24 -- Foxboro, MA -- Gillette Stadium^
* with Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves
^ with Eric Church, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves
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