We’ve written about our top five picks for country music tours you should check out this summer. But there are just so many more to choose from! Summertime is a busy season for country artists, tailgates, and jean shorts. So if you’ve got a couple of free weekends on the calendar and you can’t choose just one (or five), here are five more of our favorites for country music concerts you should see this summer.
Dierks Bentley’s High Mountain Tour
This guy makes the best country music for drinking and partying, so there’s no question that his summertime concerts will be a good time. Seriously, just think about the songs you love by Dierks: “Drunk on a Plane,” “5-1-5-0,” “Somewhere on a Beach,” and of course, the original head bobber, “What Was I Thinkin.” There’s no way you and your friends won’t be shotgunning beers in the parking lot while you get amped for a Dierks Bentley concert. No, it’s not the most impressive concert ticket stub to add to your collection, but it is guaranteed to be a fun weekend night. He’s got a new album, The Mountain, coming out this year so he’s probably trying to get fans excited for that!
Dierks is hitting the road with Brothers Osborne and LANCO on his High Mountain Tour and he’ll also be hitting a few festivals this summer. The tour kicks off in May on the east coast and travels all over North America before finishing up in California. Brothers Osborne has quite a few solid hits and brings a real deep voice and old-school country vibes to the tour. LANCO is a little newer to the scene and slightly more pop, but they round out the group nicely. (You’ll only see them if you can drag yourself away from the tailgate early enough anyway).
Billy Currington with LoCash
Billy Currington is tearing himself away from the beach to tour all summer long, bringing country group LoCash with him for a few of his shows. You can catch him everywhere from Florida to Texas to New England. The 40-something singer has been on the scene for a long time, from the early 2000s and his hits like “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” and “Good Directions” to his more recent ones like “Do I Make You Wanna” and “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” And in between, you’ve got those chart-toppers you couldn’t turn on a country station without hearing, like “People Are Crazy.” He’s a fun-loving guy who just enjoys a good time, entertaining fans, and a few cheesy lyrics from time to time.
You’ve heard stuff by LoCash too, you just don’t know it. Think “I Love This Life” and “I Know Somebody.” They’ll be a solid warm-up to the main event.
Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker – The Summer Plays On Tour
The folks from the band Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are buds. Who knew? They’ll be teaming up to co-headline a summer tour that travels all across North America. In June, they’re starting off bigtime with Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, one of the most impressive venues in the nation. From there, they’re headed up to Canada, New York, California, and then all down the east coast (duh, Darius has to hit at least one of the Carolinas).
Lady Antebellum and Darius are both pumped to see what magic they can turn out together. The country trio had been releasing hits since their first album in 2008 with favorites like “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and more recently “You Look Good” from their 2017 album Heart Break. Darius, of course, had his fair share of hits and Grammys with Hootie and the Blowfish before becoming the most successful black country singer since Charlie Pride. His stuff is great for a summertime concert… even if you’re one of those people who doesn’t realize “Wagon Wheel” is a cover. They’ll also be touring with special guest Russell Dickerson.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – Soul2Soul Tour
These megastars put together a tour that was so popular they extended it into 2018. Tim and Faith, the super-in-love-country-power-couple, sold out 80 shows before deciding that they weren’t quite finished yet. Showtime even made out a special out of one of their concerts from Soul2Soul. Almost a million people have seen them perform live during this tour alone, and from May until the end of July, you can be one of those lucky people!
If you’re wondering how two such massive stars perform on stage together and share their precious time in front of the crowds, well, we were too. Looking at some past Soul2Soul setlists, it looks like they do a little bit of everything – covers, duets, and alternating between each other’s biggest hits. They like to open by singing several together and then going one for one.
Don’t want to be surprised? Check out a sample setlist from their tour here.
Faith sings several of her favorites in a row, followed by Tim (the slightly bigger star here, let’s be honest). Finally, as you might expect, they wow the crowd by performing a few more hits together to wrap things up. What’ll you be hearing? Oh, we don’t want to give it all away, but mayyyybe “I Like It, I Love It,” (remember that first time you ever heard of Tim McGraw?) “Telluride,” “This Kiss” (such a classic!), and “Breathe.”
Their chemistry is, obviously, undeniable. Get your tickets to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul tour here.
Shania Twain’s NOW Tour
It’s her first tour in three years and people cannot wait. She’s one of the greats!
Don’t lie, her albums are probably some of the first country records you ever owned (no, just me?). Come on Over was epic – filled with hit after hit – but Shania took a pretty long break up until the recent release of her album Now. She’s had a couple of international radio hits lately like “Life’s About to Get Good,” but now everybody’s excited to see this woman perform in the flesh. We have no doubt that she’s still got the moves.
Shania actually kicked off her NOW tour in early May, and we’ve got reports from her recent show in Chicago that it’s two hours and 21 songs of epic showmanship.
The good news? She plays her greatest hits in addition to the new stuff! Most of us were hoping to hear her belt out “Man I Feel Like a Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much” (potentially while dancing in knee-high boots). According to reports, there will be several costume changes, aerial performances, and lots of backup dancers. She’s hot, high energy, and happy… and the fans dig it.