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...

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 8Cullowhee, NCRamsey Center
October 9Huntington, WVBig Sandy Superstore Arena
October 10Dayton, OHErvin J. Nutter Center
October 23Chattanooga, TNMemorial Auditorium
October 24Savannah, GAJohnny Mercer Theatre
October 25Clemson, SCLittle John Coliseum
October 26Columbus, GAColumbus Civic Center
October 30Bowling Green, KYDiddle Arena
November 1Dekalb, ILConvocation Center at NIU
November 2Green Bay, WIWeidner Center
November 5Springfield, MOShrine Mosque Auditorium
November 6Topeka, KSTopeka Performing Arts Center
November 7Salina, KSBicentennial Center
November 8Wichita Falls, TXKay Yeager Coliseum
November 13Murfreesboro, TNMurphy Center at MTSU
November 14Salem, VASalem Civic Center
November 15Erie, PAWarner Theatre
November 20Lowell, MALowell Memorial Auditorium
November 21Portland, MECumberland County Civic Center
November 22Bangor, MEBangor Civic Center

Last Updated on August 14, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen