NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 3, 2017) - Country music legend John Anderson is hitting the road in 2017, for a North American tour that will see the ACM and CMA award winner making stops at venues nationwide. Crowds are raving over the must-see experience, which includes sell-out shows in 15 of Anderson’s last 17 appearances. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the album Wild & Blue, which featured the signature hit, “Swingin'.”
"I’m really excited about doing these acoustic shows. It gives my fans an opportunity to experience a whole other side to John Anderson they haven’t seen before in an intimate setting, and the reaction so far has been overwhelming,” said Anderson. “This is also a monumental year for me, being the 35th anniversary of my album, Wild & Blue. We've got some big things in store for 2017."
The highly anticipated tour will resume March 3 in Red Rocks, Oklahoma, while making multiple stops throughout Texas, with an intimate, acoustic set. Fans can expect to hear even more of the country singer’s catalog of hits, which includes other anthems like “Seminole Wind,” “Straight Tequila Night,” “Black Sheep” and more. Concertgoers will get an acoustic experience, as the Hall of Fame songwriter captivates audiences with his honest and heartfelt lyrics that have made him one of traditional country music’s biggest stars.
Anderson will appear at Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, which will pay tribute to the country outlaw on April 6 in Nashville. In addition to crossing paths regularly over the years, Haggard also penned the single “Magic Mama,” a song which was written with Anderson specifically in mind for his latest project Goldmine. Anderson will join an all-star lineup, which also includes performances from Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Hank Williams Jr., Bobby Bare and more.
John Anderson On Tour:
Mar. 03 Red Rock, Okla. – 7 Clans Paradise Theatre
Mar. 04 Wellington, Texas – Ritz Theatre
Mar. 05 Lubbock, Texas – Cactus Theatre
Mar. 07 San Angelo, Texas – Blaine’s Pub
Mar. 08 Tomball, Texas – Main Street Crossing
Mar. 09 Victoria, Texas – Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts
Mar. 10 New Braunfels, Texas – Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre
Mar. 11 Crockett, Texas – Crockett Civic Center
Mar. 12 Greenville, Texas – Texan Theatre
Mar. 16 Fitzgerald, Ga. – The Grand Theater-Fitzgerald
Mar. 17 Sumter, S.C. – Sumter Opera House
Mar. 18 Shelby, N.C. – The Don Gibson Theatre
Mar. 24 Fort Pierce, Fla. – Summer Crush Winery
Apr. 01 Glasgow, Ky. – The Plaza Theater
May 06 Leburn, Ky. – Knott County Trail Ride
Jun. 03 Rockwall, Texas – Southern Junction
July 14 Shawnee, OK – The Grand Events Center
July 15 Salado, TX – Johnny’s BBQ
Jun. 17 Bremen, Ga. – Mill Town Music Hall
Jun. 25 New Philadelphia, Ohio – The Performing Arts Center Kent State Tuscarawas
Jul. 17 Kirksville, Mo. – Nemo Fair
Aug. 12 Point Pleasant, W.Va. – Mason County Fair
Aug. 25 Mahnomen, Minn. – Shooting Star Casino
Sept. 21 Dade City, Fla. – Dan Cannon Auditorium
Oct. 27 Fairfield, Iowa – Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 28 Steelville, Mo. – Meramec Music Theatre
About John Anderson:
Raised in Apopka, Fla., Anderson was exposed to both rock and traditional country growing up and, as incendiary rock outfits like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Lynyrd Skynyrd honed their chops around him, learned to love (and play) both types of music. But Anderson resisted the call of rock 'n roll, electing rather to pursue his country music dreams. It was the traditional country ballads that lured him in and changes music history, songs like Porter Wagoner's "Green, Green Grass of Home."
Anderson moved to Nashville in 1972, working construction by day (including as a roofer at the Grand Ole Opry House) and playing the honky-tonks at night. He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, and notching his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Joe Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)." Other hits, including the classic "Wild and Blue" in 1982, solidified his status as a powerful new voice in country music. "Swingin'," written by Anderson and Lionel Delmore, blew the roof off a year later, exploding to No.1 on the Billboard Country chart, propelling Anderson to the CMA Horizon Award, and becoming one of the most enduring hits in the country canon.
Anderson plowed through the ebbs and flows of country music (and the country music business) throughout the '80s, and in the early 1990s engineered one of the greatest "comeback" runs (he never really left) in the history of the genre. Seminole Wind, released on BNA, produced hit singles in "Straight Tequila Night," "When It Comes To You," "Money in the Bank," and the stirring title cut. The latter would have never been released had Anderson not stuck to his guns, a familiar refrain throughout his career as the artist has wound his way through virtually all of Nashville's major labels.
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