With a year of sold-out shows and packed houses in the rearview mirror, Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour is about to add more miles as it rolls into 2018, with the first shows on tap next weekend. And the superstar will be bringing a diverse and exciting lineup of talent with him when he comes to a city near you in 2018.
Country hitmaker Randy Houser, vocalist Lauren Alaina, trio Runaway June and frequent collaborator Lee Ann Womack will be special guests on Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour throughout the new year. The news comes as Jackson prepares to kick off the tour next Friday, January 19th in Lexington, KY and Saturday, January 20th in Little Rock, AR. Tickets for the tour are on sale now. VIP tickets and packages are also available. More dates are set to be announced.
As previously announced, Georgia native Lauren Alaina joins Jackson for the first weekend of his tour. The recent CMA Best New Artist nominee captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Last year, she followed up her No. 1 debuting first album with the release of the eagerly-awaited, Road Less Traveled, which features her first chart-topping hit and title track.
With three-part female harmonies, ringing strings and stories that speak the language of modern women – vocal trio Runaway June mixes bluegrass tradition with dusty desert cool. Lead singer-guitarist Naomi Cooke, singer-mandolin picker Hannah Mulholland and singer-guitarist Jennifer Wayne (granddaughter of film icon John Wayne) fuse their individual influences to create a style that’s already scored chart success.
Hitmaker Randy Houser will join Jackson on the majority of his 2018 stops along the Honky Tonk Highway. Houser’s vocals have earned raves and his music has made him a staple on country radio over the past decade, as he topped the charts with “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “Goodnight Kiss” and “We Went.” Also known for such hits as “Boots On” and his critically-acclaimed powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year nominated “Like A Cowboy,” Houser has been working on a new project due out this year.
As a frequent Jackson duet partner, Lee Ann Womack has appeared on several of Jackson’s albums, and the two have shared a number of stages, including the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall. The Grammy-winner has built a career singing songs that slice life wide open with a soprano that is all purity and ache, a theme she carried over into her latest critically acclaimed album, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone. A CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year winner, Womack is one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music.
Alan Jackson’s concerts find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs – many of them written by Jackson – that earned him his newfound place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with his new membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit, “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country,” party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time,” and many, many more.
Friday, January 19 Lexington, KY (Rupp Arena) with Lauren Alaina
Saturday, January 20 Little Rock, AR (Verizon Arena) with Lauren Alaina
Thursday, February 8 Independence, MO (Silverstein Eye Centers Arena) with Runaway June
Friday, February 9 Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) with Runaway June
Thursday, February 15 San Antonio, TX (San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo)
Friday, February 16 Grand Prairie, TX (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie) with Randy Houser
Friday, March 16 Dayton, OH (Wright State University Nutter Center) **
Saturday, March 17 Rockford, IL (BMO Harris Bank Center) **
Friday, March 23 Toledo, OH (Huntington Center) with Randy Houser
Saturday, March 24 Pittsburgh, PA (Venue TBD) with Randy Houser
Friday, April 27 Baltimore, MD (Royal Farms Arena) with Randy Houser
Saturday, April 28 Albany, NY (Times Union Center) **
Friday, May 4 Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre) **
Saturday, June 23 Orange Beach, FL (The Wharf) with Randy Houser
Friday, July 27 Central Point, OR (Country Crossing Music Festival)
Saturday, July 28 Mountain Home, ID (Mountain Home Country Music Festival)
Saturday, August 11 Oro-Medonte, ONT (Boots ‘n’ Hearts Music Festival)
Thursday, August 16 Vienna, VA (Wolf Trap)^^ **
Friday, August 17 Gilford, NH (Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion) with Lee Ann Womack
Friday, September 14 North Charleston, SC (North Charleston Coliseum) with Randy Houser
Saturday, September 15 Charlotte, NC (Spectrum Center) with Randy Houser
** Special guest to be announced
^^ Vienna, VA (Wolf Trap) tickets not currently on sale
Author: Buddy Iahn
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