When “The Cowboy” George Strait announced last year that he is planning to retire from touring in 2014, local fans hoped that the legend would ride into the Derby City one last time, but Louisville was not included on the tour’s first leg. Well, fans can breathe a sigh of relief because the second half of “The Cowboy Rides Away” Tour was announced last month and Strait is scheduled to perform at the KFC Yum! Center on March 7. At press time, tickets for this must-see show had not yet gone on sale. Strait’s May 31, 2014 Foxborough, Massachusetts stop is the last show currently scheduled, but the big finale will take place in his home state of Texas in Dallas on a yet-to-be-announced date. The final leg of this tour will feature a variety of opening acts: Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Chris Young. The opening act(s) for Louisville has not yet been announced.
When the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles last month, believe it or not, two country acts were among the winners. Trisha Yearwood‘s Food Network cooking show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, tied with Best Thing I Ever Made for the Best Culinary Program award. Little Big Town members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook, along with co-writers Brad and Brett Warren, won an award for Best Original Song for “Good Afternoon,” which LBT recorded for ABC’s Good Afternoon America, which aired last summer.
Congrats Trisha, Karen, Kimberly, Phillip, and Jimi!
Fortunately, the Kentucky Derby is not the only draw for country artists to come to town. Just a few days after the Derby, Taylor Swift will bring her highly-anticipated “The RED Tour” to the KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday, May 7. The 22-year-old will be performing some of her biggest hits, as well as new material from her latest album, RED, which was released last October. Opening for Swift will be Ed Sheeran, who performs the duet “Everything Has Changed” on the country/pop mega-star’s chart-topping album.
2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery may be in his freshman year of college at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina during the week, but that’s not hampering his country music career on the weekend. The singer will bring his appropriately titled “Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013” to Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino in Elizabeth on Friday, May 17. He’ll be sure to perform hits “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” from his debut album, Clear As Day.
American Idol judge Keith Urban hasn’t performed in Louisville for quite some time, but that’s about to change. It was recently announced that the second leg of his 2013 “Light the Fuse Tour” will end at our very own KFC Yum! Center on Sunday, December 8. Later this year, Urban plans to release new music, which he’ll be sure to perform at this must-see show. Opening for Urban will be newcomer Dustin Lynch and ACM Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town.