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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

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

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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.

Dan + Shay Score 9th Number One Song with “Glad You Exist”

Dan + Shay score 9th number one song with “Glad You Exist,” marking their third number one song off their brand new album Good Things.

Platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay are truly unstoppable! Their brand new album Good Things just dropped on Friday. It is already home to two chart-toppers, including “10,000 Hours” and “I Should Probably Go To Bed.” Now, Dan + Shay can add another number one to their catalog with “Glad You Exist.”

The single marks the iconic duo’s ninth number one in their career. In just eight years, Dan + Shay have solidified themselves as pillars in the country-pop scene. Their single “Glad You Exist” is one of their best to date. The song expresses how it feels to love someone deeply. Despite the romantic nature of the song, the song comes at a time in the landscape of the world, where love is needed most.

“There’s a couple billion people in the world // And a million other places we could be, but you’re here with me // Take a moment just to take it in // ‘Cause every high and every low led to this // I’m just so glad you exist”

As we wait to see the success of their brand new record, we can guess that there are more number ones in store for the duo. Fans can even catch Dan + Shay on their headlining tour this summer and fall. Dan + Shay stop at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden on September 16th. Find tickets and more information here.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Dan + Shay announcements and releases.

To keep up with Dan + Shay, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

“Glad You Exist” is 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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Dan + Shay: ‘Good Things’ – Album Review

Dan + Shay’s new album Good Things, released today, August 13th is officially available on all streaming platforms. The record features number one songs “Glad You Exist”, “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber, and “I Should Probably Go To Bed.” Check out the full review below.

In a time of chaos and uncertainty in the world, we could all use some good things, and Dan + Shay have certainly delivered. With the release of their fourth full-length album, the aptly titled Good Things, out now August 13, the harmonic pair have provided the perfect summer soundtrack. With twelve new tracks of buoyant and bouncy country-pop, Dan + Shay are offering up a hearty dose of ‘good things’.

The record follows in the footsteps of their 2018 smash self-titled album, which included “Tequila,” “All to Myself,” and “Speechless.” When announcing the new release back in July, the pair took to Instagram, writing, “We poured every bit of our hearts into this project and have never been more excited for anything in our entire lives.”

Each song on Good Things was produced and co-written by Dan Smyers, while Shay Mooney also leant his hand to co-writing on eight of the album’s tracks. Other co-writers and co-producers include Nashville heavy-hitters Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Dave Barnes, Andy Albert, Jordan Reynolds, and Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi. For the project, Dan + Shay also enlisted some big names from the pop world, including Julia Michaels, Shawn Mendes, and Justin Bieber on the previously released, “10,000 Hours”.

Opening with the album’s airy and melodic “Good Things,” Dan + Shay wish an ex well. With its anthemic chorus over rousing beats, the song is both the perfect album opener and the perfect introduction to this era of Dan + Shay. On this track, they’re eternally optimistic, moving on but wishing her well.

“When it’s late at night // And you’re still wide awake // If you’re with your friends or you’re lonely // When you hear somebody start to say my name // Oh when you think of me // I hope you think good things”

That almost tropical feel continues throughout the album, highlighting its way through songs such as “Steal My Love,” and “Body Language.” Likewise, “Irresponsible” is a mid-tempo yet sultry ode to a booty call that may be wrong, but feels oh-so-right. “I’m still gettin’ over the last time, we said it’s the last time,” they admit of their tryst, wondering “How’d we end up here, in the same room?”

While the album definitely embraces up-tempo tracks, the duo’s softer side is still evident on Good Things. “You” is the type of song that fans have come to expect from Dan + Shay, as they celebrate the love of a lucky woman. “If all else goes wrong // Baby, I’ll be alright // ‘Cause I got you.”

Meanwhile, “One Direction” is another such track, and despite its name, it’s sadly not an ode to Harry, Niall, Liam, and Louis. Instead, it’s a love song that shows Mooney flexing his vocal chops, proclaiming his desire to carpe diem in a relationship. “Cause time only moves in one direction // These are the nights we won’t get back // Don’t wanna waste one single second // Don’t want the starts to fall so fast,” they sing. “Cause someday we’ll be sayin’ how // We wish we could turn back around // Time only moves in one direction // Come on, get closеr, come, let me hold you now”

Getting over an ex is a theme on many of the album’s songs, including “Let Me Get Over Her,” a moody piano-driven prayer of desperation to move on. Meanwhile, “Lying” takes on a similar topic in a very different musical way. If there’s something oddly familiar about the track, it’s the piano melody of the Bill Withers classic “Lean on Me” that weaves its way through the song. “I don’t miss you in my bed // I don’t hear you in my head,” they sing. “I don’t love you, I’m not cryin’ // And I swear, I’m not lyin.”

With a mix of airy up-tempo songs and the ballads that Dan + Shay have become known for, Good Things is the perfect album title, delivering good things in spades.

Good Things Tracklist

  1. Good Things (Dan Smyers, Ross Copperman, Jason Evigan, Ashley Gorley)
  2. Steal My Love (Dan Smyers, Andy Albert, Ashley Gorley, Jordan Reynolds)
  3. You (Dan Smyers, Dave Barnes, Jordan Reynolds)
  4. Body Language (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes, Jordan Reynolds)
  5. Give In To You (Dan Smyers, Julia Michaels, Jordan Reynolds)
  6. Irresponsible (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Julia Michaels, Jordan Reynolds)
  7. Lying (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Andy Albert, Jordan Reynolds, Bill Withers)
  8. One Direction (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Andy Albert, Jordan Reynolds)
  9. Let Me Get Over Her (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Andy Albert, Kyle Fishman, Jordan Schmidt, Brad Tursi)
  10. Glad You Exist (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Ryan Lewis, Tayla Parx, Jordan Reynolds)
  11. 10,000 Hours (with Justin Bieber) (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Jessie Jo Dillon, Jordan Reynolds, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd)
  12. I Should Probably Go To Bed (Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Sean Douglas, Jason Evigan)

 

Our Picks:

  1. “Good Things”
  2. “One Direction”
  3. “You”
  4. “Lying”
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Dan + Shay’s brand new album ‘Good Things’ is out now, August 13th

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

New York/New Jersey Dan + Shay fans can catch the duo later this month as they will be a part of the Barefoot Music Fest in Wildwood, New Jersey from August 19-22 and tickets are available here. They’ll also be headlining Madison Square Garden on September 16 and New Jersey’s Prudential Center on December 5th.

To keep up with Dan + Shay, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

Good Things is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and 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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Dan + Shay Release New Song “Lying” Ahead of Upcoming Album

Dan + Shay’s new song”Lying” is available on all streaming platforms now, July 30th. The song comes just a few weeks before their highly anticipated album, Good Things, out 8/13. Learn more about the new track below.

Right behind the release of their latest single “Good Things”, the title track off their forthcoming album (August 13th), Dan + Shay have just released another new track “Lying”. The duo dropped a music video with the release of the song, which includes a dance that fans can learn and dance along to!

The duo has continued to release hit after hit despite having a three-year gap since their last album. Songs like “10,000 hours”, “I Should Probably Go To Bed” and “Glad You Exist” has had fans begging for another album, and now one is finally on its way and with a handful of songs that we already love.

With an upbeat sound and some play on words, “Lying” is a feel-good break-up song. They’re ready to have a good time, and they’re not lying when they say that they don’t miss them. The music video shows just how much fun they’re having without them.

“I don’t miss you in my bed // I don’t hear you in my head // I don’t love you, I’m not crying // And I swear I’m not lying”

The duo resumes their ‘Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour’ this year, which hits New York City’s Madison Square Garden on September 16th. You can find tickets to the show here.

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Dan + Shay release their new song “Lying,” ahead of upcoming new album.

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

To keep up with Dan + Shay, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

“Lying” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and 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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Dan + Shay Announce New Record and Release New Song “Good Things”

Dan + Shay announce new record and release new song “Good Things,” available now, July 15th on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

Just as we anticipated, superstar duo Dan + Shay have officially announced their new album and released a brand new song! Three years after the self-titled album transformed the duo into bonafide cross-country superstars, the singers are ready to release another project. Good Things will be available everywhere on August 13th. To hold fans over, Dan + Shay dropped the title track, available now.

The new single joins smash hits “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber, “Glad You Exist,” and “I Should Probably Go To Bed.” “Good Things” is a beautifully put-together tune. It depicts a broken relationship, where they still think the world of their ex. Dan + Shay manage to bring their country-pop flair to the song in a nostalgic, yet innovative way. The uplifting side of the song is so refreshing.

“So when it’s late at night and you’re still wide awake // If you’re with your friends or you’re lonely // When you hear somebody start to sty my name // Oh when you think of me // I hope you think good things”

If the release says anything about the record, Good Things is sure to be another platinum-selling success for the duo. The production, the vocals, and the lyrics all work effortlessly together. 

Fans can catch “Good Things” and many more songs on the newly resumed ‘Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour.’ The tour rolls through New York City’s Madison Square Garden on September 16th. Find tickets here.

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Dan + Shay announce new album coming and release brand new song “Good Things.”

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Dan + Shay announcements and releases.

To keep up with Dan + Shay, follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter.

“Good Things” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and 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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Dan + Shay Hint at New Music and Album Coming Soon

Dan + Shay hinted at new music and album coming soon on their social media over the weekend. Could the first song from the upcoming album be released this week?!

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It has been three years since superstar country duo Dan + Shay have released their incredible self-titled record. The men have been very active on social media, but over the weekend, they finally hinted at the news we were all waiting for.

First Dan + Shay took to their Instagram stories to share the new dates for their ‘The Arena Tour.’ The photo was captioned with “hint: new album before tour.” The tour kicks off in September, so we could be expecting a brand new record sooner rather than later! We already know the record is finished, based on a recent Instagram post.

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Soon after, the duo took to their stories yet again, simply sharing “it’s gonna be a good week.” This further proves our theory that new music is coming from Dan + Shay this week! Gear up and keep checking back for more information as it develops.

The last song that Dan + Shay released was their touching and viral song “Glad You Exist.” The duo also recently released their song “I Should Probably Go to Bed,” which landed at the top of the charts at the beginning of the year. Both songs will most likely be included on the next record, which Dan + Shay are calling their “best album yet.”

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more about future Dan + Shay announcements and news.

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

To keep up with Dan + Shay, follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter.

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BREAKING: Dan + Shay Reveal 2021 ‘the (arena) tour’

Dan + Shay have revealed the (arena) tour 2021 dates officially kicking off this year! Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Dan + Shay on tour will be show openers, The Band Camino & Ingrid Andress.

The show hits the New York area on Thursday, September 16th at Madison Square Garden.

Tickets are on sale now at danandshay.com.

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Dan + Shay shows and releases.

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

Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour 2021:
*newly announced date
**not an AEG Presents date

Date City Venue
September 9, 2021 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
September 10, 2021 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
September 11, 2021** Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
September 14, 2021 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
September 16, 2021 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
September 17, 2021 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
September 18, 2021 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
September 23, 2021 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
September 24, 2021 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum
September 25, 2021 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
October 1, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
October 2, 2021 Chicago, IL United Center
October 3, 2021 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
October 15, 2021* Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
October 16, 2021* San Diego, CA Pechanga Arena
October 17, 2021 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena
October 20, 2021 San Francisco, CA Chase Center
October 21, 2021 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
October 23, 2021 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Arena
October 24, 2021 Denver, CO Ball Arena
October 28, 2021 Portland, OR Moda Center
October 29, 2021 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
November 4, 2021 Orlando, FL Amway Center
November 5, 2021 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
November 12, 2021 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
November 13, 2021 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
November 14, 2021 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
November 20, 2021 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
November 21, 2021 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
December 3, 2021 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
December 4, 2021 Hershey, PA Giant Center
December 5, 2021 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
December 7, 2021 Boston, MA TD Garden

 

Darius Rucker Scores 10th #1 Song with “Beers And Sunshine”

Darius Rucker’s “Beers And Sunshine” earns him his 10th #1 as the song hits the top spot on the country charts this week.

Darius Rucker has provided us with so many hits and just downright great music over the past two decades. A staple in country music, Rucker deserves all his accomplishments. His latest single, “Beers And Sunshine” is his first solo country radio single, since 2018. It is no surprise that it is this week’s chart-topping single!

Written by Rucker with J.T. Harding, Josh Osborne, and Ross Copperman, during quarantine, the song is everything we want in a fun and enticing summer anthem. The song reminds us to enjoy all the little things in life, exactly what we need, during today’s day and age.

“Beers and sunshine / Bonfires and summertime / Back porch nights in South Carolina / Ain’t nothing finer than me and my girl striking up a little lighter / ‘Cause everybody’s down in a world gone crazy / Don’t know how to fix it but I think maybe / Turn on the good times, turn off the TV / Yeah, the only BS I need is beer and sunshine”

As always, Rucker is one of the most exciting artists to see perform live, whether it is as a solo artist or as the lead vocalist in Hootie & the Blowfish. “Beers And Sunshine” is sure to be a hit, during live performances. Congrats to Rucker and his team for another smash hit!

Darius Rucker earns #1 with "Beers And Sunshine"

Darius Rucker earns #1 with “Beers And Sunshine”

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Darius Rucker announcements and releases.

To keep up with Darius Rucker, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Beers And Sunshine” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and 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.

Luke Combs’ “Better Together” Earns Him 10th Consecutive # 1

Luke Combs’ continues his record-breaking streak as “Better Together” earns him his 10th consecutive #1 as the song hits the top spot on the country charts this week.

There is no one like Luke Combs in the country music industry. Since he burst onto the scene in 2016, fans have flocked to him and his music rather instantaneously. Everything Combs touches turns platinum, and his latest single “Better Together” off his sophomore record What You See Is What You Get is no exception, making its debut at the top of the country music charts.

Co-written by Combs with Dan Isbell, and Randy Montana, “Better Together” is a monumental, yet simple love song that was truly made for Combs’ voice. Furthermore, the song represents an unprecedented feat. as the superstar is the first country artist in history to score the top spot on the charts with every single that he has released to country radio since his debut.

“Better Together” joins the collection of songs like “When It Rains It Pours,” “She Got the Best of Me,” and “Beer Never Broke My Heart.” It follows “Lovin’ on You,” which went number one last year.

Luke Combs earns 10th consecutive #1 with "Better Together"

Luke Combs earns 10th consecutive #1 with “Better Together” // Photo Credit: Zack Massey

“Some things just go better together and probably always will / Like a cup of coffee and a sunrise, Sunday drives and time to kill / What’s the point of this ol’ guitar if it ain’t got no strings / Or pourin’ your heart into a song that you ain’t gonna sing”

There is truly no stopping the hitmaker! Congratulations to Luke and his team!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Luke Combs announcements and releases.

To keep up with Luke Combs, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Better Together” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and 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.

Dan + Shay’s “I Should Probably Go To Bed” Earns Them 8th Career # 1

Dan + Shay’s “I Should Probably Go To Bed” earns them their 8th career and 5th consecutive #1 as the song hits the top spot on the country charts this week.

In just a few short years, duo Dan + Shay have risen to superstardom. The GRAMMY winners and current nominees have a handful of number one hits under their belt, including their smash with pop icon Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours” and the monumental “Tequila.” This week, Dan + Shay’s catchy tune, “I Should Probably Go to Bed” became a chart-topper too, marking the pair’s eighth career and fifth consecutive number one hit.

Released back in August after a social media hiatus by the duo, the song quickly won the hearts of fans and music lovers everywhere. The pop-country tune resonated with fans across the genre, continuing to cement Dan + Shay as superstars. “I Should Probably Go to Bed” marks a new chapter of music for the singers, as they most likely prepare for their next full-length project.

Dan + Shay earn 8th career and 5th consecutive #1 with "I Should Probably Go To Bed"

Dan + Shay earn 8th career and 5th consecutive #1 with “I Should Probably Go To Bed”

So Ishould probably go to bed (Ah) / I should probably turn off my phone / I should quit while Im ahead (Ah) / I should probably leave you alone / Cause I know in the mornin(In the mornin) / Ill be callin(Ill be callin) / Sayin’ “sorryfor the things I said / So I, yeah, I should probably go to bed

The catchy lyrics and killer instrumentals are just a couple of reasons to love the hit song. Dan + Shay know music and continue to be a perfect duo in country music. It will be just a matter of time until their next single finds its way to the top of the charts!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Dan + Shay announcements and releases.

To keep up with Dan + Shay, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

“I Should Probably Go To Bed” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and 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.