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Miranda Lambert February 20, 2020 at The Honda Center

Lambert announced that the lead-off single from her upcoming seventh studio album will be "It All Comes Out in the Wash," which was released on July 18, 2019. The song was co-written by Lambert with Hillary LindseyLori McKenna, and Liz Rose ("Love Junkies") and produced by Jay Joyce, marking the first time she had worked with the producer. The song was released alongside "Locomotive," another track intended for the upcoming album that she had previously debuted on the CMA Music Festival in June 2019. Two other tracks—"Mess with My Head" and "Bluebird"—were also previewed ahead of the album in August 2019.

Lambert's seventh studio album, Wildcard, was released on November 1, 2019. In promotion of the album, Lambert announced the 27-date Wildcard Tour, which is set to begin on January 16, 2020 and run through May 9, 2020.

Lavender Country February 27, 2020 at The Zebulon

Lavender Country is an Seattle based country music band that formed in 1972, whose self-titled 1973 album is the first known gay-themed album in country music history. They broke up in 1976 but in 2000, the Journal of Country Music published an article on gay country musicians, focusing in large part on Haggerty and Lavender Country. As a result of the renewed attention, the album was rereleased on CD in December 1999, and in 2000 the band released a five-song EPLavender Country Revisited, which featured three rerecordings of songs from the original album and two new songs. The band reunited briefly in 2000, performing the album in its entirety at Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall in January 2000, and at that year's Seattle Pride.

Whiskey Myers Tour February 28, 2020 at The Belasco Theater

Whiskey Myers is an American Southern rock/Red Dirt/country group from Palestine, Texas composed of Cody Cannon (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), John Jeffers (lead guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, vocals), Cody Tate (lead and rhythm guitar), Jeff Hogg (drums), Tony Kent (percussion/drums), and Jamey Gleaves (bass). They have released five albums, the latest being Whiskey Myers released in September 2019.

Jordan Davis March 6, 2020 at The El Rey Theater

Jordan Davis is a Shreveport-born, Nashville-weathered creative soul with his feet firmly planted in two different eras. The imagery in his songs relies on the same specificity behind such classic, lyrically- driven songwriters as John Prine, Jim Croce and Bob McDill. But the tech-tinged production and silvery phrasing in those same songs embodies the genre-defying musicality of such current acts as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum.

Blake Shelton March 7, 2020 at The Forum

Blake Shelton is a chart-topping country music star also known for appearing on TV’s 'The Voice.'

Avi Kaplan March 12, 2020 at The Lodge Room

Avi Kaplan lives deep in the forest near the Tennessee run of the ancient Natchez Trace trail. His rural cabin is worlds away from Los Angeles, his hub for six years as he toured the world with Pentatonix. Now, surrounded by farms and forests just a stone’s throw from Nashville, the kid who grew up listening to folk music among the California Sequoias is content. “I’m finally writing the music that is in my heart,” Avi says. “It’s actually the music I’ve always written. I’ve just never had a chance to show people.”

In 2017, Avi stepped away from creating after years of rushing from stadium to stadium at a frenzied pace––an experience he calls “beautiful,” but one that also left him physically and artistically depleted. Since returning to music on his own terms, the songs have poured out of him, ready for foot-stomping music halls and serious listening rooms alike. He has also liberated his vocals, once so famously known as the perfect power-bass, to reveal a nuanced voice, rich, tender and abounding. Surrounded by forest and newfound artistic clarity, the result has yielded dozens and dozens of new songs. Reveling in the simplicity, “I get on my porch with my guitar, look at my trees, and write a song,” he says.

The songs Avi has always written and continues to write are timeless, earthy, and raw––roots music in its purest form. Avi attributes his deep connection to folk music and its authenticity to the natural environment he was surrounded by growing up. Raised just 40 minutes from Sequoia National Park, in the golden rolling hills of central California, “that music always felt right with what I was seeing,” the 29-year-old says.

Avi has taken his time, and his future is wide open because of it. As he has rediscovered his own musical roots and delved deeper into the folk he’s always loved––exploring a range of sounds from soul to bluegrass––he has reconnected with himself and found yet another way to connect beautifully with others. “I am so grateful I get to do this.” Avi says. “I’m truly excited for the future.” 

Paul Thorn March 20, 2020 at The Mint

Paul Wayne Thorn (born July 13, 1964) is an American Southern rockcountryAmericana, and blues singer-songwriter, whose style is a mix of blues, country, and rock.

Little Big Town April 23-24, 2020 at The Ace Hotel

Little Big Town is an American country music group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its founding: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook. Their musical style relies heavily on four-part vocal harmonies, with all four members alternating as lead vocalists; Sweet and Westbrook also play rhythm guitar.

Stagecoach Festival April 24-26, 2020

Stagecoach is the largest country festival in California featuring the top artists in the industry as well as new and upcoming performers.

Brantley Gilbert Fire'T Up Tour March 26, 2020 at The Toyota Arena

Brantley Keith Gilbert (born January 20, 1985) is an American country music singer, songwriter and record producer from JeffersonGeorgia. He was originally signed to Colt Ford's label, Average Joes Entertainment, where he released Modern Day Prodigal Son and Halfway to Heaven. He is now signed to the Valory division of Big Machine Records where he has released four studio albums—a deluxe edition of Halfway to HeavenJust as I AmThe Devil Don't SleepFire & Brimstone, and 11 country chart entries, four of which have gone to number one. He also wrote Jason Aldean's singles "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem".

Jana Kramer March 28, 2020 at The El Rey Theater

Jana Rae Kramer is a country music singer and actress. She is known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series One Tree Hill.

Kramer began her musical career in 2012 and has released two albums: Jana Kramer (2012) and Thirty One (2015). The albums produced seven charted singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, including the top 10 hits "Why Ya Wanna" and "I Got the Boy". She competed on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, finishing in fourth place.

The Secret Sisters April 28, 2020 at The Lodge Room

The Secret Sisters are an Americana singing and songwriting duo consisting of vocalists Laura Rogers and Lydia Slagle. The duo's music has been compared to artists like The Everly Brothers.

Lady Antebellum May 30, 2020 at The Hollywood Bowl

Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood. Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, and Kelley is the brother of pop singer Josh Kelley.

Kenny Chesney Chillaxification Tour August 01, 2020 at the SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA

Kenneth Arnold Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded 20 albums, 20 of which have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. He has also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 30 of which have reached number one. Many of these have also charted within the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, making him one of the most successful crossover country artists. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide

Luke Bryan October 9, 2020 at The Staples Center

Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan is an American country music singer and songwriter. He began his music career writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington – before signing with Capitol Nashville with his cousin, Chad Christopher Boyd, in 2007.