We don't know when and where Kenny Chesney will be playing in 2016, but we do know who will be playing with him. Having jsut completed his The Big Revival Tour, Chesney has announced that Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion will join him for his stadium run next year.
In the announcement Chesney offered kind words for each of the acts. Of Lambert he said, "Miranda is the real deal. She's a songwriter, first, and a real vocalist. She puts it all out there when she's on stage, and 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 -- because I love every single thing about who she is as an artist and a person."
Lambert did play one show, On June 6 at Chicago`s Soldier Field, this summer. Hunt co-wrote Chesney's hit "Come Over," and he recalls that, "The second I heard Sam's demo for 'Come Over,' I knew he was onto something very unique. Watching him develop as an artist, seeing his songwriting evolve -- and knowing how he brings it when he gets onstage makes him a perfect act to come out with us. He's fun, alive and all about the music."
Old Dominion, meanwhile, is repeating after performing with Chesney this past summer: "Old Dominion had a tough job this summer, and they got it done. They're hit songwriters, but they're also guys who've played in a lot of clubs -- and know how to connect with people. I mean, not only are their songs solid, they're great guys."
A title for the tour and dates are expected to be announced soon. Chesney's Big Revival Tour also featured Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Chase Rice, as well as a dozen shows with Jason Aldean, playing to more than 1.3 million people with a box office gross of more than $114 million.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.