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Get to Know the Opening Acts of Summer 2021’s Hottest Country Music Tours

All of the greats we know and love today were once the opening acts, too. Get to know today’s openers from summer 2021’s hottest country music tours.

Not only did your favorite superstars reunite with the stage this past summer, but your future favorite entertainers had the opportunity to share it with them this country concert season as well. Country music is famous for having incredible ‘superstars-to-be’ open for their major tours, and here at Country Swag, we have your guide to all the of the show openers. Learn more about this year’s opening acts below.

Tenille Arts just earned her first #1 on country radio with the smash “Somebody Like That”, following the release of her second studio album, Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between. All her hard work is paying off this year, as she gears up for new releases and as summer set in, Arts found herself as the opening act on on Lady A’s ‘What A Song Can Do Tour’. Tenille Arts is without a doubt one of the best vocalists and songwriters of this new class of country artists and if you caught the show, you will probably agree.

Matt Stell, one of our artists to watch and Live Swag Session alums is taking over country music one single at a time. His debut single, “Prayed For You” is one of the most popular love songs in country music, and his new single, “That Ain’t Me No More” has been sent to country radio. This summer, he joined Old Dominion and Miranda Lambert on their respective run of shows.

Lainey Wilson and HARDY were both opening acts for Jason Aldean’s ‘Back In The Saddle Tour’ and if you caught the show, you know they rightfully earned their time in the spotlight. This isn’t the first time the two have toured together either; they opened for Morgan Wallen on his first headline tour over two years ago. HARDY and Wilson both released critically acclaimed albums in the past year (A ROCK and Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, respectively) and as those albums indicated, their fiery songs got fans up and out of their seats each and every night just as fast as they sat down in them!

The full list of country tours and their opening acts are listed below. One of the best feelings is when you go to a show not knowing the opener and leaving a forever fan. If that rings true for the show’s you attended this year, be sure to remember their names, follow them on socials, stream the music and get ready to see those artists when they head back your way. For New York City country fans, head to our calendar to find out when the next shows in the area are.

SUMMER 2021 TOURS:

Blake Shelton
Lindsay Ell
Martina McBride
Trace Adkins
Tracy Byrd

Brad Paisley
Jimmie Allen
Kameron Marlowe

Brett Eldredge
Morgan Evans

Brothers Osborne
Tenille Townes
Travis Denning

Dan + Shay
Band Camino
Ingrid Andress

Dierks Bentley
Parker McCollum
Riley Green

Ingrid Andress
Georgia Webster

Jason Aldean
HARDY
Lainey Wilson

Kane Brown
Restless Road

Lady A
Carly Pearce
Tenille Arts

Little Big Town
Caitlyn Smith
Hailey Whitters

Luke Bryan
Caylee Hammack
Dylan Scott

Old Dominion
Blanco Brown
Caitlyn Smith
Matt Stell
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Walker County

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Check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Country Music Tours Headed to New York This Summer 2021

Concert season is in full swing! For our New Yorkers, we’ve got you covered with the country music tours, the dates, and where to get your tickets ASAP! If you’re curious about all the county music tours that have been announced so far for 2021-2022 click here.

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Jason Aldean- Back In The Saddle Tour

Openers: HARDY & Lainey Wilson

August 7th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Luke Bryan- Proud To Be Right Here Tour

Openers: Dylan Scott, Runaway June & Caylee Hammack*

August 13th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Brothers Osborne- The We’re Not For Everyone Tour

Openers: Tenille Townes & Travis Denning

August 21st- Farmingville, NY // Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater

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Thomas Rhett- The Center Point Road Tour

Openers: Cole Swindell & Gabby Barrett

August 26th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Zac Brown Band- The Comeback Tour 2021

Special Guests: Teddy Swims, Adam Doleac, Gabby Barrett, Devin Dawson & Ashland Craft

September 2nd- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

September 3rd- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Brooks & Dunn- The Reboot 2021 Tour

Openers: Travis Tritt & Elvie Shane

September 10th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Dierks Bentley- Beers On Me Tour

Openers: Riley Green & Parker McCollum

September 24th- Wantagh, NY // Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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Keep an eye out on our list as we will be sure to add more country music tour dates and concerts as they are announced!

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8 Things We Miss the Most About Country Music Concerts

It has been a year without live music, and we still desperately miss country music concerts. However, we see the light at the end of the tunnel with artists like Eric Church and Kane Brown announcing future tour dates! Until then though, here are the 8 things we miss the most about country music concerts.

  1. The Good Vibes

There is absolutely nothing like listening to live music. The atmosphere, the adrenaline, the artists, the fans, absolutely EVERYTHING feels magical. We cannot wait for that feeling again!

 

  1. The Sound of Live Music

Albums and records are great, but there is nothing quite like hearing your favorite artist perform live. There are so many artists that we cannot wait to see as soon as we get back to some resemblance of normalcy.

 

  1. The Tailgate

If you have ever joined us at a show, especially at Jones Beach, then you know how much we love to tailgate! The tailgate sets the tone for the rest of the night and allows fans to connect and bond over the music.

 

  1. Connecting with Other Fans

One of the things we love most about NYCountry Swag is getting to connect with our followers at live shows by some of our favorite artists all across New York City and Long Island.

 

  1. Singing Along to Every Song

This one goes without saying. We even miss the raspy voice you get the day after the concert from singing your heart out for three hours straight!

 

  1. The $15 Beers at the Venue

What we would do to pay that much for a beer right now…

 

  1. Discovering new music acts to love

Although we pride ourselves on being tastemakers in the industry and always know all the acts performing at concerts, we love watching our friends and other fans experience a new artist for the first time. We’ll never forget when Tenille Townes took the stage as an opener at Dierks Bentley’s concert, and how crazy everyone went for the newcomer.

 

  1. Hearing Our Favorite Song Live

At this point, we have a whole list of songs that we cannot wait to hear live! We’re sure you do too!

 

Let us know, what are you missing most about concerts?! and sure to check out the full list of upcoming tours here.

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Country Music Tour Announcements for 2021-22

It looks like it won’t be much longer until we can all enjoy some live music again! Check out which artists have announced tours so far for the upcoming 2021-22 season…

  • Thomas Rhett – The Center Point Road Tour with Cole Swindell & Gabby BarrettMore Info
  • Brothers Osborne – The We’re Not For Everyone Tour with Tenille Townes & Travis DenningMore Info
  • Kane Brown – The Blessed & Free Tour with Jordan Davis, Chase Rice, & Restless RoadMore Info 
  • Eric Church – The Gather Again TourMore Info
  • Luke Bryan – The Proud To Be Right Here Tour – More Info 
  • Chris Stapleton – The All-American Road Show Tour – More Info
  • Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Playa’ 4-Night Experience in Riveria Cancun, Mexico Returns January 2022 with Jason Aldean More Info
  • Dierks Bentley – The Beers On Me Tour – More Info
  • Zac Brown Band – The Comeback Tour – More Info
  • Dan and Shay – The (Arena) Tour – More Info
  • Kip Moore – The How High Tour – More Info
  • Little Big Town – The Nightfall Tour Returns – More Info

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future tour announcements, ticket giveaways, and more.

BREAKING: Thomas Rhett Just Announced The Center Point Road Tour

Thomas Rhett just announced The Center Point Road Tour kicking off this Summer 2021. Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Thomas Rhett on tour will be show openers, Cole Swindell and Gabby Barrett, although some shows will vary.

In addition to rescheduled shows, some new dates have also been added to the list.

Fans can purchase tickets for NEW shows beginning next Friday, April 23 at 10AM local time at thomasrhett.com/tour. Tickets for all remaining/rescheduled shows still apply! For any further previous ticket inquiries, fans are advised to reach out to point of purchase.

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Thomas Rhett releases.

Check out the dates below for the full list of shows…

2021 THE CENTER POINT ROAD TOUR DATES

8/13/2021- Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater^
8/14/2021- Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater^
8/20/2021- Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/21/2021- Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
8/22/2021 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC
8/26/2021- Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/27/2021- Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion
8/28/2021- Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/29/2021- Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center*
9/3/2021-  West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
9/4/2021-  Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/16/2021- Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*+
9/17/2021- Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center* +
9/18/2021- Boston, MA – Xfinity Center+
9/23/2021 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center*
9/24/2021- Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center*
9/25/2021- Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
10/1/2021- Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*
10/2/2021- St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
10/3/2021- Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
10/7/2021 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
10/8/2021- Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*
10/9/2021- Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek*

* Indicates rescheduled tour date    
^ Indicates Openers Rhett Akins and Gabby Barrett
Indicates Openers Cole Swindell and Conner Smith

BREAKING: Brothers Osborne Just Announced ‘We’re Not For Everyone’ Tour

Brothers Osborne just announced The We’re Not For Everyone Tour kicking off this Summer 2021. Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Brothers Osborne on tour will be show openers, Tenille Townes and Travis Denning.

Fans can purchase tickets beginning next Friday, April 23 at brothersosborne.com. Special fan club presale tickets will be available to “The Family” starting 10am local time on April 20.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Brothers Osborne releases.

Check out the dates below for the full list of shows…

WE’RE NOT FOR EVERYONE TOUR Dates:

Jul. 29                   Philadelphia, PA                               Skyline Stage at the Mann

Jul. 30                   Boston, MA                                       Leader Bank Pavilion

Jul. 31                   Westbrook, ME                                Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row

Aug. 1                   Providence, RI                                  Bold Point Park

Aug. 4                   Toledo, OH                                        Toledo Zoom Amphitheater

Aug. 5                   Maryland Heights, MO                    Saint Louis Music Park

Aug. 14                 Council Bluffs, IA                              Stir Concert Cove – Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel***

Aug. 15                 Dubuque, IA                                      Q Casino Back Waters Stage***

Aug. 19                 Asbury Park, NJ                                Stone Pony Summer Stage

Aug. 20                 Bridgeport, CT                                  Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

Aug. 21                 Farmingville, NY                               Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater

Aug. 26                 Charlotte, NC                                   Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 27                 Raleigh, NC                                       Red Hat Amphitheater

Sep. 2                   Cleveland, OH                                   Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Sep. 3                   Indianapolis, IN                                TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

Sep. 4                   Sterling Heights, MI                         Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

Sep. 9                   Cincinnati, OH                                  The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center

Sep. 10                 Memphis, TN                                    The Orpheum Theatre

Sep. 16                 Nashville, TN                                    Ascend Amphitheater

Sep. 17                 Rogers, AR                                        Walmart AMP

Sep. 18                 Oklahoma City, OK                          The Criterion

Sep. 22                 Irving, TX                                           The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Sep. 23                 Houston, TX                                      White Oak Music Hall – Lawn

Sep. 24                 Austin, TX                                          Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**

Sep. 25                 Helotes, TX                                        Floore’s Country Store**

Sep. 30                 Asheville, NC                                     Rabbit Rabbit

Oct. 1                   Atlanta, GA                                        Fox Theatre

Oct. 2                   Jacksonville, FL                                 Daily’s Place

Oct. 8                   Denver, CO                                        Mission Ballroom

Oct. 10                 Phoenix, AZ                                       Arizona Federal Theatre

Oct. 12                 Los Angeles, CA                                Greek Theatre

Oct. 13                 Santa Barbara, CA                            Santa Barbara Bowl

Oct. 15                 San Diego, CA                                   Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU

Oct. 16                 Sacramento, CA                               Memorial Auditorium

Oct. 17                 San Francisco, CA                            The Masonic

Oct. 20                 Portland, OR                                     Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Oct. 22                 Seattle, WA                                       WaMu Theater

Oct. 28                 New York, NY                                   Beacon Theatre

Oct. 29                 Hampton Beach, NH                       Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*

Oct. 30                 Albany, NY                                         Palace Theatre*

Nov. 11                Kansas City, MO                               Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Nov. 13                Chicago, IL                                        Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom

Nov. 18                Richmond, VA                                   Altria Theater

Nov. 19                Washington, D.C.                             The Anthem

Nov. 20                Moon Twp, PA                                  UPMC Events Center

Brothers Osborne’s T.J. Osborne Comes Out As Gay, Receives Immense Support

T.J. Osborne, half of the country duo Brothers Osborne who hails from Deale, Maryland is ready to live his truth and allow fans to get to know him a bit more, by publicly coming out as gay. In an article published today, (February 3rd) in Time Osborne says he is “ready to tell his story”.

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As the band’s frontman and lead singer, T.J.’s deep voice along with John’s incredible guitar skills have gained them a huge fan base, 7 top 40 hits, three studio albums, and have solidified their country-rock status in the genre. They pave the way for artists who want to bend the genre, and their live show (pre-Covid) was definitely one not to miss.

On his sexuality, T.J. has known since he was young, and has been out to his tight-knit family of friends in Nashville for years.  “I’m very comfortable being gay,” he says in the Time article. “I find myself being guarded for not wanting to talk about something that I personally don’t have a problem with. That feels so strange.”

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Although his sexual preference is private and his business, his coming out story, being open with his fans, and his decision to go public is a huge step for the genre. He is the only openly gay artist that is currently signed to a major record label.

Once the article was published and the news hit social media, the support from the country music community quickly came pouring in. Artists, fans, and industry members alike were sharing photos with T.J. along with congratulations and proclaiming how proud they are of the singer-songwriter.

Read the full Time article here.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Brothers Osborne releases.

To keep up with Brothers Osborne, follow them on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Their latest album, Skeletons is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Brothers Osborne: Skeletons – Album Review

Brothers Osborne’s new album, Skeletons is available now, October 9th. Take a listen and check out our album review below as we dig a little deeper into the collection of songs.

Brothers Osborne New Album Skeletons

Brothers Osborne’s ‘Skeletons’ is out now, October 9th.

We have come to love Brothers Osborne as a country duo who remain true to themselves and their music, highlighting crisp country-rock and heartfelt slower tunes. As talented singers and songwriters, the men deliver an elevated, yet enticing sound with their new record Skeletons, leaning more towards the country-rock side of the gamut of their talent.

Continuing to celebrate the southern-rock groove that Brothers Osborne has created, the record takes their message to another level. “If Pawn Shop was our introduction, and Port Saint Joe was like the first conversation we had with someone over a beer, then Skeletons is the moment where you start getting down to the real stuff and showing who you really are,” John shared in a recent press release, adding, “If you really want to get to know us, this is the record to do it.”

Skeletons is begging for live-music to return, as each song has killer instrumentals and arrangements that just need a stage and an audience! Beginning with “Lighten Up,” the brothers give fans the twangy sound that we have been accustomed to. The song quickly takes a more rambunctious tone, similar to their other killer rock jam, “All Night,” the top 30 single that comes immediately after. The title track, “Skeletons” is one of the best off the record. It features spectacular guitar rifts and an extraordinary amount of energy.

“High time to come to Jesus / You got skeletons in your closet / It’s written all over your face / Every little lie, stacked so high / Can’t keep your story straight.”

The platinum-selling duo continues to play for their fans. Songs like “All The Good Ones” and “ Back On The Bottle” are backed by a steady drum and quick and witty lyrics. On the other hand, “I’m Not For Everyone” and “High Note” take a softer approach. The former starts off slower and escalates into a more mid-tempo jam that has great radio appeal. “High Note” stays on the slower side of things but conveys the more romantic side of the duo’s talent.

Another standout track is “Old Man’s Boots.’ One of the more traditional-country tunes, the song is a lyrical masterpiece. Brothers Osborne expresses the importance of boots, country roots, and all that connects the two.

“Might not look like much to you / But there really wasn’t much they couldn’t walk through.”

TJ spoke for himself, John, and his band, sharing, “We want this record to show people that we’re here to stay. We are part of the cloth of this genre,” and we think that really says it all. Skeletons is just another impressive album by Brothers Osborne, and we anticipate many more in the future!

NYCS Picks:

  1. “All Night”
  2. “Skeletons”
  3. “I’m Not For Everyone”
  4. “High Note”

 

Skeletons Tracklist:

  1. Lighten Up
  2. All Night
  3. All The Good Ones Are
  4. I’m Not For Everyone
  5. Skeletons
  6. Back On The Bottle
  7. High Note
  8. Muskrat Greene
  9. Dead Man’s Curve
  10. Make It A Good One
  11. Hatin’ Somebody
  12. Old Man’s Boots

 

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Brothers Osborne releases.

To keep up with Brothers Osborne, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Skeletons is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Brothers Osborne Release A Brand New Jam “All Night”

If you need something to give you a little pep in your step and put a smile on your face, look no further than Brothers Osborne’s brand new release. Aiming to keep the good times rolling despite the current landscape, the award-winning duo premiered their spitfire new single, “All Night” (5/15).

The new release is slated as fans’ first taste of the duo’s upcoming third studio album, the follow up to their impeccable, Port Saint Joe. Written by John and TJ Osborne with Andrew DeRoberts, “All Night” is a guitar-heavy tune made for the stage. Fans will definitely gravitate towards the enticing record and singalong-ready lyrics after just one listen.

“I got the good if you got the time / I got the moon if you got the shine,” the two cleverly sing in the first verse, only to up the ante in the second verse with “I got the rebel if you got the yell / I got the raisin’ if you got the hell.” Brothers Osborne remains undeniably true to themselves and their unique sound and we are here for anything they do!

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“All Night” is definitely a song to lift our spirits, and we are so happy that Brothers Osborne has decided to release new music for their diehard fans.

To keep up with Brothers Osborne follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Brothers Osborne” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Brothers Osborne Make Their Day Time TV Debut on Ellen

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Five-time GRAMMY-nominees Brothers Osborne made their daytime TV debut on Ellen. The duo performed their newest single “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” from their latest album Port Saint Joe. Ellen introduced the brothers saying “Our next guest has four ACM nominations this Sunday night. Here to perform their hit “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” please welcome, Brothers Osborne.”

What makes the duo work so well is their ability to show off their two-sided approach. Opening with John’s electric guitar chords and TJ’s hushed vocals, the song about a former self talks about how they changed after finding love. On Ellen, they alternated between TJ’s commanding baritone and John’s live-wire guitar playing as the song builds all the way to its finish.

Brothers Osborne were also recently nominated for four Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards in three categories, “Duo of The Year,” “Video of the Year,” for their song “Shoot Me Straight,” as well as their feature in Dierks Bentley’s “Burning Man,” and “Music Event of The Year.” Last year the pair earned 2018’s ACM awards for “Duo of the Year” and “Video of the Year” and hopefully they can grab a few more this time around. Tune in on Sunday night, April 7th on CBS at 8 PM ET.

The band is currently on tour all over the country from multiple upcoming sold out shows, festivals and adding in some dates overseas, there are plenty of chances to catch the duo live. For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.BrothersOsborne.com

 

To keep up with Brothers Osborne follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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