Ten Great Country Acts Still On Tour In 2010

Ten Great Country Acts Still On Tour In 2010

Don’t look now but there’s only four and half months left of 2010. Your resolution to write the great American novel and scale Mr. Everest may have to wait for next year, but there’s still plenty of time to see country music’s top concerts. Not only does the rest of 2010 see some big names out on tour, but it sees two legends team up and one fond farewell.

Below Land of Punt looks at ten great country music acts still on tour in the waning months of 2010. Hopefully, at least one of these artists is coming to a venue near you. LOP would be very disappointed if your cowboy boots and ten gallon hat weren’t used this year.


George Strait and Reba McEntire

What could be better than seeing the king and queen of country music in concert? George Strait and Reba McEntire have been touring together for most of 2010 and it has been awesome. Also, look for the queen without her king. Reba plays some dates in August and late October without Strait.
Touring: Sept. 9 through Oct. 22
Opens: Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena
Final Show: Fargo, ND at the Fargodome


Brooks & Dunn

You better hurry if you want to see Brooks & Dunn live in concert because their last show is scheduled for Sept. 2 in Nashville, TN (of course). The most successful duo of all-time in any genre is calling it quits after nearly 20 years. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are parting ways to focus on their solo careers.
Touring: Currently until Sept. 2
Final Show: Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena


Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw has been on the road for most of 2010 supporting his 12th studio album, Southern Voice. The star of Blind Side has a few dates left in the States before he takes off for Australia. His final show before heading Down Under is a biggie—he plays at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Touring: Aug. 21 until Sept. 10
Opens: Louisville, KY at the Kentucky State Fair
Final show: Dallas, TX at Cowboys Stadium


Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks isn’t touring he’s performing at the Encore Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas a few weekends out of the year. Brooks signed a five-year deal with the Las Vegas, Nevada resort back in 2009. Apparently the show is fantastic but don’t expect much Vegas glitz—it’s all about Brooks and his music.
Where: The Encore Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas
When: Sept. 10, 11, 12; Oct. 1, 2, 3; Oct. 22, 23, 24; Nov. 5, 6, 7; Nov. 19, 20, 21
Time: Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., Sundays 8 p.m.


Carrie Underwood

Record breaker, heart-breaker, and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood launches the second leg of her “Play On Tour” Sept. 25 in Portland, Oregon. Underwood has already played over 50 shows in 2010—almost all of them sold out. She’ll be joined by Sons of Sylvia and Billy Currington.
Touring: Sept. 25 until Dec. 19
Opens: Portland, OR at the Rose Garden
Final Show: Calgary, Alberta at the Pengrowth Saddledome

Toby Keith

Even reading about this tour will give you a red neck. Just one ticket is all you need to see Toby Keith and Trace Adkins. Their tour is called the “2010 American Ride Tour.” Someone get me a helmet. Adkins won’t be at every show but he’ll be at most. Besides, if you drink enough you won’t even notice.
Touring: Currently until Sept. 25
Final Show: Mansfield, MA at the Comcast Center

Jason Aldean

Jason Alden wraps up the summer leg of his “Wide Open Tour” on Aug. 29 in Canandaigua, NY. He’ll begin the fall leg on Sept. 10 in Crobin, KY. Aldean and his band is scheduled to be on the road until Nov. 20. Uncle Kracker opens for a handful of dates otherwise the warm-up duties fall to Luke Bryan.
Touring: Currently until Nov. 20
Final Show: Duluth, GA at the Gwinnet Civic Center

Alan Jackson

Trivia question: besides Alan Jackson who else on this list is a member of the Grand Ole Opry? After playing a festival in Quebec, Jackson visits a slew of sleepy little towns. Then on Nov. 5 he’s returns to civilization with a show in La La Land. BTW, the answer is Brooks, Underwood, Atkins, and McEntire.
Touring: Sept 9. to Nov. 19
Opens: St. Tite, Quebec at the Western Festival
Final Show: Sioux City, IA at the Tyson Event Center

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts has been the hot ticket since their “Nothing Like This Tour” launched June 25. They were supposed to wrap on Sept. 19 but the boys have extended their itinerary until Oct. 9. Oddly enough, the album doesn’t drop until November. Opening for the Nashville trio is Kellie Pickler and Chris Young.
Touring: Currently to Oct. 9
Final Show: Irvine, CA at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Sugarland

Half of the duo that comprises Sugarland is hot, sexy, and gorgeous. And then there’s Jennifer Nettles. Everyone’s favorite duo from Atlanta, GA has been on the road since April supporting their latest studio album, The Incredible Machine. That probably explains why their tour is called “The Incredible Machine Tour.”
Touring: Currently to Oct. 16
Final Show: West Palm Beach, FL at the Cruzan Amphitheatre


BONUS
Lady Antebellum

Besides opening for McGraw, Lady Antebellum will headline their own excursion later this year. The ‘Need You Now Tour” kicks off Sept. 20 and it set to wrap on Nov. 20. The trio will make about 35 stops and they are taking along singer-songwriter David Nail.
Touring: Sept. 20 to Nov. 20
Opens: Orlando, FL at Hard Rock Live
Final Show: Kansas City, MO at the Midland Theatre.


For more information about a particular tour please visit the artist’s website.

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