Following in the footsteps of country music’s most celebrated headliners like Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley, Country Music Television (CMT) has handpicked Jason Aldean to lead the tradition into its seventh consecutive year. CMT on Tour ’08: Jason Aldean, featuring special guests Lady Antebellum, kicks off on October 8 in Cullowhee, NC, and continues through November 22 in Bangor, ME.
The 20-date tour includes a number of college towns, whose young crowds make up the majority of Aldean’s passionate fan base. Tickets for the first weekend are on sale August 22.
Aldean was selected by CMT for his electrifying stage show honed from years of performing live in bars and clubs across the Southeast. He leads the new crop of young country music stars with almost two million albums sold, five consecutive top 10 hits and a trove of accolades and awards.
Lady Antebellum’s debut album landed at No. one on the Billboard chart earlier this year. Additionally, newcomer Eric Durrance (Wind-up Nashville) has been tapped for the opening slot.
“It is such a surreal feeling to look behind the bus and see semi trucks with my name on them,” Aldean said about CMT on Tour in a statement. “Even as this thing grows, our fans are the same young kids that have always come out to the club shows. They come to forget about school or work or whatever and have a good time, so that’s what we are going to give them!”
CMT on Tour ’08 itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)
|October 8||Cullowhee, NC||Ramsey Center|
|October 9||Huntington, WV||Big Sandy Superstore Arena|
|October 10||Dayton, OH||Ervin J. Nutter Center|
|October 23||Chattanooga, TN||Memorial Auditorium|
|October 24||Savannah, GA||Johnny Mercer Theatre|
|October 25||Clemson, SC||Little John Coliseum|
|October 26||Columbus, GA||Columbus Civic Center|
|October 30||Bowling Green, KY||Diddle Arena|
|November 1||Dekalb, IL||Convocation Center at NIU|
|November 2||Green Bay, WI||Weidner Center|
|November 5||Springfield, MO||Shrine Mosque Auditorium|
|November 6||Topeka, KS||Topeka Performing Arts Center|
|November 7||Salina, KS||Bicentennial Center|
|November 8||Wichita Falls, TX||Kay Yeager Coliseum|
|November 13||Murfreesboro, TN||Murphy Center at MTSU|
|November 14||Salem, VA||Salem Civic Center|
|November 15||Erie, PA||Warner Theatre|
|November 20||Lowell, MA||Lowell Memorial Auditorium|
|November 21||Portland, ME||Cumberland County Civic Center|
|November 22||Bangor, ME||Bangor Civic Center|