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Kenny Chesney Announces 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour

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Just a few months after his record-breaking Brothers of the Sun Tour with Tim McGraw came to a close, Kenny Chesney is gearing up for another long stretch on the road. And this time, it’s all about the fans. Chesney has coined his 17-stadium run the No Shoes Nation Tour, presented by Corona Light.

The 2013 trek will hit almost 50 cities and will start as early as March.

“We’ve been looking for ways to give my fanbase a name,” Chesney explained during the announcement on his No Shoes Radio. “Everybody has built No Shoes Nation. We’ve created something so special — the fans, myself, the band, crew… Their love for the music is constant; they are so passionate about the music.”

It’s hard to live up to an opening act like McGraw, but the ‘Come Over’ hitmaker has managed to wrangle up some serious talent for the tour. Eric Church and Eli Young Band have already confirmed that they’ll be heading out on the tour bus (okay, buses) with Chesney.

“I think he’s a real artist,” Kenny says of Church. “I met him with my trainer years ago in the gym. He had just gotten to town. To see his progression, to see the songwriter and artist he’s becoming, he totally deserves that spot on our stadium tour. He’s a great fit for what we do out there.”

Chesney also added that he’s a fan of EYB’s ‘Crazy Girl.’ It’s a good thing, since the song beat out Chesney’s own ‘You and Tequila’ for Song of the Year at the 2012 ACM Awards! The country crooner also noted that he is impressed with the Texas native band’s most recent record.

Additionally, fan favorites Zac Brown Band and newcomer Kacey Musgraves — whom Chesney says is “one of the freshest, most authentic female singer-songwriters” he’s heard in a while — will be included on select dates.

Sounds like the No Shoes Nation tour is something to add to your 2013 concert bucket list. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

Kenny Chesney 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour Dates:

3/16 – Tampa, Fla. | Raymond James Stadium
5/4 – Columbia, S.C. | Williams Brice Stadium
5/11 – Dallas, Texas | Dallas Cowboys Stadium
5/18 – Milwaukee, Wisc. | Miller Park
5/25 – Landover, M.D. | FedEx Field
6/1 – Seattle, Wash. | CenturyLink Field
6/8 – Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field
6/15 – Kansas City, Mo. | Arrowhead Stadium
6/22 – Pittsburgh, Pa. | Heinz Field
6/29 – Columbus, Ohio | Crew Stadium
7/12 – Minneapolis, Minn. | Target Field
7/20 – Denver, Col. | Sports Authority Field at Mile High
7/27 – Anaheim, Calif | Angels Stadium
8/3 – Atlanta, GA | Georgia Dome
8/10 – East Rutherford, NJ | MetLife Stadium
8/17 – Detroit, MI | Ford Field
8/24 – Foxboro, Mass. | Gillette Stadium

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