NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 18, 2017) – As the New Year begins, “The Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour” will kick off next month, captivating audiences and showing that country tradition is alive and well. The one-of-a-kind show continues a trend developed in the 50s and 60s where artists would travel with a “caravan of stars” city-to-city, all accompanied by Van Dyke’s one band, to prevent change-over, giving fans more music. After more than 60 years, the concept is more popular than ever, with the must-see tour making stops at several high profile events including both the Florida and Iowa State Fairs, along with top festivals like the 40th Annual Hodag Country Festival in Wisconsin (see complete list below).
"Love working with the Country Gold Tour featuring Leroy Van Dyke and his friends, great crowds EVERY time,” said CEO Dave Snowden of Triangle Talent. “So professional from start to finish - a home run every time.”
This classic country format has joined some of the genre’s favorite legends for a show that will remind traditional country music fans of the music they fell in love with, having all acts with million-sellers, multiple Top Ten records or massive television exposure. The Leroy Van Dyke hosted show has announced dates for upcoming appearances later this year featuring performances (with more to be added) by Van Dyke, Jimmy Fortune, Rex Allen, Jr., T.G. Sheppard, Steve & Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare, Johnny Lee, T. Graham Brown, Marty Haggard, Leona Williams, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell, Moe Bandy, Mandy Barnett and more (lineup changes venue to venue).
“We’re proud to bring these performances to our fans. We sign autographs after the show, and our attendees come down front after the curtain falls, with tears in their eyes like an altar call at a Billy Graham Crusade,” said Leroy Van Dyke.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of host Leroy Van Dyke’s monumental chart-topping hit, “Walk on By,” which propelled him to superstardom. The worldwide smash would go on to hit No. 1 on the country charts, along with recently being named Billboard’s No. 2 Greatest of All Time Country Songs. Concertgoers are in for a treat as the 87-year-old singer/songwriter performs all of his biggest hits, also including the breakout smash, “The Auctioneer,” which led to an induction into the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.
“Leroy Van Dyke’s Country Gold Tour” Dates:
Feb. 14 – Tampa, Florida – Florida State Fair (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell, Johnny Lee)
Feb. 15 – Tampa, Florida – Florida State Fair (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Steve & Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare, Marty Haggard)
Feb. 26 - Columbia, Missouri – Jesse Auditorium (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Mandy Barnett, T.G. Sheppard)
Mar. 24 – Midland, Texas – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, T.G. Sheppard, T. Graham Brown, Barbara Fairchild, David Frizzell)
Mar. 26 – Topeka, Kansas – Topeka Performing Arts Center (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, T.G. Sheppard, Leona Williams, Steve & Rudy Gatlin, Bobby Bare)
Jun. 01 – Corsicana, Texas – Palace Theater (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Bobby Bare Melissa Luman, Dallas Wayne)
Jun. 02 – Lufkin, Texas – Lufkin Middle School Auditorium (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Bobby Bare, Melissa Luman, Tony Booth, Dallas Wayne, Jake Penrod)
Jun 03 – Carthage, Texas – Carthage Civic Center (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Bobby Bare, Melissa Luman, Tony Booth, Dallas Wayne, Jake Penrod)
Jun. 25 – confirmed TBA
July 13 – Rhinelander, Wisconsin – Hodag Country Festival (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Jana Jae, Rex Allen Jr., Steve & Rudy Gatlin, Helen Cornelius, T.G. Sheppard)
July 15 – Colby, Kansas – Colby Community Center – KXXX 70th Anniversary (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, T.G. Sheppard, Steve & Rudy Gatlin, David Frizzell)
August 19 – Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa State Fair (lineup TBA)
August 31 – Mt. Pleasant, Iowa – Old Threshers Reunion (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Rex Allen Jr, Moe Bandy, David Frizzell)
Sept. 02 – Clinton, Arkansas – Chuckwagon Races (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Becky Hobbs, David Frizzell, Darrell McCall)
Oct. 28 – Shipshewana, Indiana – Shipshewana Event Center (featuring Leroy Van Dyke, David Frizzell, Lacy J. Dalton, Bobby Bare)
*(View all artists available for inclusion HERE)