Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

You can probably guess what at least 2 of the top selling country tours of the past year were. But, what you may not know is large difference between the #1 and #2 acts. It wasn’t even close. Still, country music has an incredible fan base that shows up for all the shows! And we can’t get enough of it in New England. Fun fact, 3 of the top 5 grossing country tours of 2023 came through the Boston area!

Kenny Chesney is usually at the top of the list, but he didn’t tour here last year. Luke Bryan didn’t come through Boston either. And country Eric Church among the missing. Despite that, Church did manage to land in the top 5 grossing country tours of 2023. I had to drive to Saratoga Springs, New York to see the Chief!

I don’t know what it was about 2023, but we seemed to be missing our annual favorites in the Greater Boston area, like Chesney, Church and Dierks Bentley. We did get 3 nights of Morgan Wallen at Fenway. Wallen brought in a large pot of gold from 2023 touring revenues. He grossed over $260 million, primarily from his One Night at a Time Tour!

According to year-end data shared from Billboard Boxscore  to Taste of Country, the numbers weren’t even close between the #1 and #2 acts. Here, you will find out what the top 5 selling country music tours of the year are.. And 3 of the top 5 grossing country tours of 2023 came through Boston. Newer country stars prevailed but longtime favorite acts also showed up big.  Were you at any of these Boston area shows?

 

 

  • 1. Morgan Wallen

    Total Gross Earnings: $260,355,870

    You likely guessed it was Morgan Wallen who brought home the most bacon in 2023. Wallen’s  gross earnings came in at nearly double the No. 2 top touring artist. He holds the #1 spot by a longshot! His tour also won a Peoples Choice Award.  Morgan Wallen and his cast of country friends from Hardy, to Ernest, Bailey Zimmerman, Parker McCollum and more entertained us for 3 nights at Fenway Park. It was a night (or 3) to remember.

    Morgan Wallen on stage at Fenway Park 2023 -pointing to the crowd

    Photo By Carolyn Kruse

     

  • 2. Luke Combs

    Total Gross Earnings: $133,512,495
    Luke’s 2023 World Tour was his biggest to date. And weren’t we lucky to have him for 2 nights at Gillette Stadium this past summer?  It didn’t hurt that he had Lainey Wilson and Riley Green on the bill. He kicked it off in March, doing primarily stadium shows, and worked it through October. He did not disappoint when he hit New England. His voice is as good live as his recordings. He interacts with fans and delivered a solid, fun show.
    Luke Combs
  • 3. George Strait

    Total Gross Earnings: $107,521,444

    By George, it was a good year for Mr. Strait, despite the fact that he only played 11 shows! The King of country doesn’t need to span the globe. He”s super efficient. With the 3rd top grossing tour and only 11 dates, that comes out to about $10 million per show! But no shows in New England this past year. Please come to Boston, in 2024 George.

    George Strait

    (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ATLive)

  • 4. Shania Twain

    Total Gross Earnings: $84,988,073
    The only female country artist to show up in the top 5 of 2023 is the Queen! Shania Twain’s  Queen of Me Tour, showcased some of her new music, from the album of the same name and included her throwback favorites. The woman who inspired our current generation of female artists is still in the game. Man, I feel like I should’ve been there at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, but I was out of the country. Twain did 52 dates this year.
  • 5. Eric Church

    Total Gross Earnings: $50,485,002
    Considering Church only did 36 dates in 2023, this number is pretty darn good. He never made it to the Boston area but his Outsiders Revival Tour did touch down in Saratoga Springs where I saw him with Lainey Wilson. Other cities shows included a revolving cast from Ashley McBryde to Parker McCollum, and Elle King. We’ll expect you back at the TD Garden in 2024.

     

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