Folks wondering about the touring capacity of Chris Stapleton after his recent success and who he might be paired up with in a possible show lineup, just received their answer. Announced Thursday (1-12), Hank Williams Jr. will be sharing the stage with Chris Stapleton for a select number of tour dates in August of 2016. At the moment, the tour only consists of eight dates focusing around Florida, Texas, and the Midwest. More dates could be announced in the future, but Hank Jr. has been known in the last few years for only playing about eight to fourteen concert dates annually, so don’t expect a massive tour with these two names to take shape.
Hank Williams Jr. just released a new album on NASH Icon Records called It’s About Time. It is his first record since 2012’s Old School New Rules. Hank has been proclaiming this new record is his best yet, and that he expects it to go platinum, but recent sales projections from HITS Daily Double only have the icon selling between 24,000 to 27,000 copies during its debut week, with his tour mate Chris Stapleton beating him with 35,000 to 40,000 sold and coming in at #1 in country again.
These dates are the first announced non festival tour dates for Chris Stapleton after his recent success. He’s also scheduled to play Bonnaroo and Coachella in 2016. For some Stapleton fans, this news will come as a relief after wondering if the songwriter would be paired with some of pop country’s current stars on a tour, however the question still remains just how well Chris Stapleton can do as a live draw after the massive sales numbers he’s accrued for his debut album Traveller. At the moment, the album is poised to be the best-selling title in the last 18 months in the country genre. By the time August rolls around, Ampitheaters with a co-headliner might feel tiny compared to the demand for tickets.
Chris Stapleton / Hank Jr. Tour Dates:
Aug. 5 Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug. 6 West Palm Beach, Fla. — Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 Houston, Texas — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Aug. 13 Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 19 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Cleveland)– Blossom Music Center
Aug. 20 Clarkston, Mich — DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 26 Noblesville, Ind. (Indianapolis) — Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 27 Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center