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Hottest Country Tours 2013
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Beginning in January, country music’s hottest tours hit the road to help usher fans into the more traditionally rowdy months of 2013. Luke BryanCarrie Underwood and Taylor Swift all hit the road this winter, with Kenny ChesneyKeith Urban and Jason Aldean beginning not long afterward. Which of these hot country tours are you most looking forward to?

Part one of George Strait‘s final tour begins in January as well. The King will “Ride” through June 1 in San Antonio, before hanging it up until 2014. Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts have headlining tours planned. And all these artists come armed with hot country opening acts like Jake Owen, the Band Perry and Eric Church. Scroll down to see all the hottest country tours schedule for 2013.

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With Martina McBride



Fans get two more shots to see George Strait live. The legend will fill up the bus for stops in 2013 and 2014 and then that’s it. His 2013 run begins on Jan. 18 and runs through June 1. The slate of 21 shows will include Martina McBride, and occasionally the Randy Rogers Band



Carrie Underwood Blown Away 2013 Tour

With Hunter Hayes



Carrie Underwood likes to keep the months of July and August free to spend time with her hockey player-husband Mike Fisher, but she’ll be working plenty hard prior to that. Her Blown Away tour was extended into 2013, with North American dates from mid-February through mid-May. Hunter Hayes will once again open each show. 



Jason Aldean Night Train Tour

With Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett



Two of the most historic baseball stadiums in America are featured amongst the tour stops on Jason Aldean’s Night Train tour in 2013. He’ll play Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston. Aldean, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will play 23 cities from February through early August. 



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With Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch



Keith Urban filmed a hilarious YouTube video to announce his 2013 touring plans. He’s in a car with openers Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. They’re all packed in like teenagers heading to school. Fans will have to wait until the singer’s ‘American Idol’ commitments are over however. The first of the 25 dates isn’t until July 18. 



Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation Tour

With Eric Church and the Eli Young Band



Seventeen stadiums will be included on Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour in 2013. The singer will visit over 50 cities this spring and summer, with Eric Church and the Eli Young Band joining him for most shows. The Zac Brown Band and Kacey Musgraves will also be added to select shows. 



Little Big Town Tornado Tour

With David Nail and Kacey Musgraves



Little Big Town will make 28 tour stops between Jan. 31 and May 9, playing theaters, art centers and casinos across America and Canada. “It’s going to be so much fun to share more music from this record with our fans and we feel very honored to have Kacey and David opening for us,” Kimberly Schlapman said. 



Luke Bryan Dirt Road Diaries Tour

With Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line



Luke Bryan will kick off his first-ever headlining tour in January, with 20 dates scheduled through March 23. “I have spent a lot of time out on tours with some really great artists and each night we have tried to learn from them,” Bryan said. “I couldn’t be more excited about this!”



Miranda Lambert Locked & Reloaded Tour

With Dierks Bentley



Nearly three dozen cities are on Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley‘s itinerary for 2013. Beginning Jan. 17 in Columbia, S.C. she’ll play mostly Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through the spring. “Some of my favorite times on tour over the years were with Miranda and her crew,”Bentley said. “We have a lot in common musically and our fans do too. It’s going to be a killer year.”



Rascal Flatts 2013 Changed Tour

With the Band Perry



Rascal Flatts extended their successful 2012 Changed tour into 2013, adding the Band Perry as their sole opener. They’ll play 20 dates this winter, wrapping up in March in Mississippi. 



Taylor Swift Red Tour

With Ed Sheeran



Taylor Swift will fill stadiums and arenas across the country when the Red tour begins on March 13. She has 58 shows scheduled through Sept. 21. Most are in America, but some of the 45 cities she’ll visit are in Canada. Ed Sheeran joins her for the entire trek, which is selling out quickly. 


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