Country Music Is On the Road Again: 8 Artists Announce New 2021 Tours


After a long year without live music, artists are ready to get back to normal the only way they know how: getting back onstage. Country music is well on its way, with 8 artists announcing new 2021 tours in the last week.

While some artists had already set 2021 dates for their much delayed 2020 tours, the last week saw an explosion of new tour announcements. In the country music world this included announcements from Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Midland, Zac Brown Band, Kip Moore, Little Big Town, and Dan + Shay. Most of these tours are set to start this fall, although a few of them will be starting as early as this month. Check out the details of each tour announcement below.

Dierks BentleyBeers On Me

On May 7 Dierks Bentley announced his new Beers on Me Tour with Riley Green and Parker McCollum in a special rendition of “East Bound and Down” featuring all three artists (check it out here). The tour will kick off August 13 in Salt Lake City, UT and make 19 more stops before wrapping up in Rogers, AK on October 22. Pre-sale tickets for members of Bentley’s fan club, The Congress, will go onsale May 11 at 10am local time for all shows except the September 23 Columbia, MD show – those tickets will be available for presale starting May 18 local time.

For all the dates and details be sure to check out the Beers On Me Tour website.

Old Dominion – Band Behind the Curtain

On May 4 Old Dominion rewarded fans for their patience over the last year by announcing their Band Behind the Curtain shows for 2021. The is one of the few tours that will be starting this month, kicking off with shows in Durant, OK on May 27 and 28. The tour will hit 25 cities before wrapping in December, and while tickets for some of the early shows are available now most shows should be on sale by May 14.

Check out the announcement tweet below, and then head over to the band’s website for tickets and all the details.

Brad Paisley – Tour 2021

On May 6 Brad Paisley announced his 2021 tour featuring current ACM New Male Artist Jimmie Allen and rising country star Kameron Marlowe. The tour will officially kick of in June at the Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City, FL followed by a stop in Nashville for the city’s 4th of July Let Freedom Ring! celebration, before launching into the regular tour dates. The regular tour will hit 23 cities between July 8 and October 9. Currently tickets are available for some dates, but there is no set date for tickets to be available for the other shows.

Paisley’s announcement came as little surprise to his fans, as he has been active in the push to return to live music, even creating a national PSA with Vanderbilt Health encouraging fans to, “Be a Fan. Take the Shot,” that you can check out here.

Another fact that should come as little surprise to fans is the fact that a portion of the profits from all tickets sold will go to The Store. The Store is a nonprofit free-referral based grocery store co-founded by Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley in early 2020. Given the COVID-19 pandemic the team was forced to make a quick shift in service models to complete it’s mission, but as of now The Store has distributed over 1.3 million meals. To learn more check out

For all the details about the tour or to buy your tickets visit Paisley’s website and do some good while having a good time.

Midland – The Last Resort Tour

The only tour on this list to include international shows, Midland announced their The Last Resort Tour on May 6. The tour will kick off in July with two shows in TX before heading to Europe in September for an 11 show tour including stops in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, and Sweden. Then in October the band will be back in the US for a 26 city tour that will wrap up mid-December.

Tickets for all shows, with the exception of the 4th of July show in El Paso, TX, are onsale now on Midland’s website. So be sure to check out the announcement tweet below, then head over to their site to grab your tickets today.

Zac Brown Band – The Comeback Tour 2021

One of the four artists to announce their tour today, Zac Brown Band will kick of The Comeback Tour 2021 in August. Each show will feature at least one of the following special guests along with the band: Teddy Swims, Adam Doleac, Gabby Barrett, Devin Dawson, or Ashland Craft. You can find all the details about who will be appearing when on the band’s official tour page here. You can also visit that page to buy your tickets for almost every show starting on May 14 at noon local time; however, if you are part of the Zamily (the Zac Brown Band fan club) you will be able to grab your tickets starting tomorrow (May 11) at either 10 am or noon local depending on your Family level.

Check out the official announcement tweet below, and get ready to celebrate their comeback with the band this fall.

Kip Moore – The How High Tour

Today Kip Moore also announced that he will be returning to stage this fall with his The How High Tour kicking off in Chicago this October. The tour will hit 20 cities in just over two months, with tickets going up for sale on Friday May 14 on his website. In his Twitter announcement, which you can read below, Moore acknowledges that fans might not feel ready to return to this kind of normal yet and he understands, but he will be there to put on a show.

Little Big Town – Nightfall Tour Returns

Continuing the trend, this morning Little Big Town also announced a tour starting this fall. The shows, which will feature either Ashley Ray or Caitlyn Smith as a special guest performer, will kick off on September 3 in Denver, CO. The tour is currently set to be fairly short, visiting only 10 cities over the course of two months; however, most cities will see the band multiple night in a row.

According to the official Twitter announcement, which you can read below, tickets for all shows are available via pre-sale now with the code NIGHTFALL. So make sure to head to the band’s website to grab yours now.

Dan + Shay – The (Arena) Tour

In today’s final tour announcement, Dan + Shay have confirmed that The (Arena) Tour is officially happening. The 34 stop tour will kick off on September 9 in Greenville, SC and wrap up on December 7 in Boston, MA, with most stops featuring special guests Ingrid Andress and The Band Camino.

According to the official twitter announcement, which you can see below, tickets are available for the LA and San Diego shows are available for pre-sale now with the code arena, while all other tickets are on sale now over at Dan + Shay’s website. Make sure to grab yours today!

With all these upcoming tours, it looks like 2021 may actually manage to be a good year for country music fans. So make sure to check the dates and locations for your favorite artists’ tours, and get ready to celebrate a return to normal with them.

LeeAnn is children's librarian who joined Nerds and Beyond in 2020 as a way to stretch her writing skills and connect with others who have the same pop culture passions as she does. She loves music, reading (obviously), and any TV show that can grab and hold her attention. Currently some of her favorite things to nerd out over include Supernatural, Prodigal Son, Louden Swain and Percy Jackson (books, theater, or upcoming show - lets leave the movies out of it).

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