What could be better than a country music tour with Kenny Chesney at its helm? A tour led by Kenny Chesney AND Miranda Lambert, that’s what.
Chesney has officially chosen Lambert as his co-headliner for the summer 2016 tour, and fans are getting really excited about it.
The two country stars previously toured together in 2009, which Kenny referred to when he spoke to CMT, saying, “I loved touring with her so much in 2009. I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to get her back out here. I love every single thing about who she is as an artist and a person.”
It seems that Chesney has a lot of respect for his next partner in performance, and rightfully so. Miranda Lambert is currently nominated for the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award; she has been nominated every year since 2009 and has won every year since 2010. Lambert, who is currently making news headlines for her divorce from Blake Shelton, seems to be doing pretty well for herself with the addition of this tour to her list of upcoming country music events.
In addition to her Female Vocalist of the Year nomination, Miranda Lambert is also up for Entertainer of the Year, along with her co-headliner, Kenny. Chesney’s relationship with the female country music singer seems to be one of friendship and collaboration rather than competition, though, which will make for a great dynamic between them when they go on tour together.
Kenny Chesney’s 2015 “Big Revival” tour just finished up a couple of weeks ago, and he says he is looking forward to spending some time relaxing and writing, since he hasn’t had the opportunity to do so in a while. He certainly hasn’t wasted any time in getting started planning for the 2016 tour, though. Dates for the tour were just released yesterday, starting with a tweet he put out announcing the first stop.
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) September 16, 2015
As if this weren’t exciting enough, country star Sam Hunt and the group Old Dominion have also been added to the 2016 lineup. Both Hunt and Old Dominion have co-written songs by Chesney, and Old Dominion even joined him on the “Big Revival” tour this summer. Sam Hunt’s country songs have a large pop element to them, so bringing him along might get the attention of some non-country fans for Chesney’s tour next summer.
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