Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Do Right By Deserving Artists w/ Tour Openers

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Married country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced they would be embarking on a dual tour called Soul 2 Soul last October, and though McGraw has been responsible for a few pretty decently surprising singles recently, there wasn’t much reason to delve any deeper into the details of a tour that was definitely assured to devolve into a display of adult contemporary disguised as country.

But I’ll be damned if the country duo didn’t surprise a lot of folks this week when they announced the openers for Soul 2 Soul. As opposed to taking the usual stance with openers, which is to drag the same two or three lightweight mainstream up-and-comers around with them for six months, they’ve decided to divide opening duties among a total of 26 separate openers across the 65 total tour dates.

Even more surprising are the names selected to open. Of course you have a few bad apples such as LoCash and Chris Lane. Chris Lane is opening in Bozeman, Montana, so hopefully they fly him out there and leave him (sorry Bozone). But you also have some names that will greatly benefit from opening multiple dates for an arena show.

Included in the list of Soul 2 Soul openers are Margo Price, Brent Cobb, Caitlyn Smith, Midland, Lori McKenna, Brandy Clark, Rhiannon Giddens, Natalie Hemby, Charlie Worsham, Jon Pardi, Cam, and many others whose days will be made when they play for what in many cases will be the biggest audiences of their careers.

Is it worth paying $170 on the secondary market to sit 60 rows back to see Margo Price and Rhiannon Giddens for 30 minutes before Tim and Faith come out to sing mushy songs to each other and suck face at center stage? Probably not unless you’re a big Tim McGraw and Faith Hill fan. But it is still cool they put forth the effort to make sure these worthy artists have an opportunity to be heard by a few more folks. And if nothing else, their names on the marquees will do these artists some good.

Look alive, here come the dates …

April 7: New Orleans, LA; Smoothie King Center-Brothers Osborne
April 9: Tupelo, MS; BancorpSouth Arena-Brothers Osborne
April 20: N. Charleston, SC; N Charleston Coliseum-NEEDTOBREATHE
April 21: Birmingham, AL; Legacy Arena at the BJCC-NEEDTOBREATHE
April 22: Atlanta, GA; Philips Arena-NEEDTOBREATHE
April 27: St. Louis, MO; Scottrade Center-Seth Ennis
April 28: Louisville, KY; KFC Yum! Center-Seth Ennis
April 29: Indianapolis, IN*; Bankers Life Fieldhouse-Seth Ennis
May 4:Newark, NJ; Prudential Center-The Shadowboxers
May 5: Uncasville, CT; Mohegan Sun-The Shadowboxers
May 6: Uncasville, CT; Mohegan Sun-The Shadowboxers
May 11: Tulsa, OK; BOK Center-Jon Pardi
May 12: Lincoln, NE; Pinnacle Bank Arena-Jon Pardi
May 13: Oklahoma City, OK; Chesapeake Energy Arena-Jon Pardi
May 18: Spokane, WA; Spokane Arena-Chris Lane
May 19: Bozeman, MT; Brick Breeden Fieldhouse-Chris Lane
May 20: Bozeman, MT; Brick Breeden Fieldhouse-Chris Lane
May 25: Boise, ID; Taco Bell Arena-Joseph
May 26: Portland, OR; Moda Center-Joseph
May 27: Tacoma, WA; Tacoma Dome-Joseph
May 31: Vancouver, BC; Rogers Arena-Midland
June 2: Calgary, AB; Scotiabank Saddledome-Midland
June 3: Edmonton, AB; Rogers Place-Midland
June 4: Saskatoon, SK; SaskTel Centre-Midland
June 7: Winnipeg, MB; MTS Centre-Caitlyn Smith
June 9: Sioux Falls, SD; Denny Sanford Premier Center-Caitlyn Smith
June 10: Des Moines, IA; Wells Fargo Arena-Caitlyn Smith
June 15: Grand Rapids, MI; Van Andel Arena-High Valley
June 16: Milwaukee, WI; BMO Bradley Harris Arena-High Valley
June 17: Moline, IL; iwireless Center-High Valley
June 22: Ottawa, ON; Canadian Tire Centre-Charlie Worsham
June 23: Toronto, ON; Air Canada Centre-Charlie Worsham
June 24: Toronto, ON; Air Canada Centre-Charlie Worsham
July 7: Boston, MA; TD Garden-Lori McKenna
July 8: Boston, MA; TD Garden-Lori McKenna
July 13: Las Vegas, NV; T-Mobile Arena-Rachael Platten
July 14: Los Angeles, CA; STAPLES Center-Rachael Platten
July 15: Los Angeles, CA; STAPLES Center-Rachael Platten
July 21: Glendale, AZ; Gila River Arena-Rhiannon Giddens
July 22: Ontario, CA; Citizens Business Bank Arena-Rhiannon Giddens
July 23: San Diego, CA; Valley View Casino Center-Rhiannon Giddens
July 28: Sacramento, CA; Golden 1 Center-Devin Dawson
July 29: San Jose, CA; SAP Center-Devin Dawson
July 31: Denver, CO; Pepsi Center-Devin Dawson
Aug 1: Denver, CO; Pepsi Center-Devin Dawson
Aug 3: Little Rock, AR; Verizon Arena-Devin Dawson
Aug 4: Nashville TN; Bridgestone Arena-TBD
Aug 5: Nashville, TN; Bridgestone Arena-TBD
Aug 17: Cleveland, OH; Quicken Loans Arena-Maggie Rose
Aug 18: Philadelphia, PA; Wells Fargo Center-Maggie Rose
Aug 24: Fargo, ND; Fargodome-Natalie Hemby
Aug 25: St. Paul, MN; Xcel Energy Center-Natalie Hemby
Aug 26: St. Paul, MN; Xcel Energy Center-Natalie Hemby
Aug 31: Chicago, IL; Allstate Arena-Ben Rector
Sept 1: Chicago, IL; Allstate Arena-Ben Rector
Sept 2: Cincinnati, OH; US Bank Arena-Ben Rector
Sept 7: Columbus, OH; Nationwide Arena-Brent Cobb
Sept 8: Detroit, MI; The Palace-Brent Cobb
Sept 9: Ft. Wayne, IN; War Memorial-Brent Cobb
Sept 14: Knoxville, TN; Thompson Boling Arena-Eric Paslay
Sept 15: Greenville, SC; Bon Secours Wellness Arena-Eric Paslay
Sept 16: Jacksonville, FL; Veterans Memorial Arena-Eric Paslay
Sept 21: Wichita, KS; INTRUST Bank Arena-Brandy Clark
Sept 22: Omaha, NE; CenturyLink Center-Brandy Clark
Sept 23: Kansas City, MO; Sprint Center-Brandy Clark
Sept 27: Salt Lake City, UT; Vivint Smart Home Arena-Cam
Sept 29: Fresno, CA; Save Mart Center-Cam
Sept 30: Bakersfield, CA; Rabobank Arena-Cam
Oct 5: San Antonio, TX; AT & T Center-Chris Janson
Oct 6: Houston, TX; Toyota Center-Chris Janson
Oct 7: Dallas, TX; American Airlines Center-Chris Janson
Oct 12: Pittsburgh, PA; PPG Paints Arena-Steve Moakler
Oct 13: Washington, DC; Verizon Center-Steve Moakler
Oct 14: Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum-Steve Moakler
Oct 19: Sunrise, FL; BB&T Center-LOCASH
Oct 20: Tampa, FL; Amalie Arena-LOCASH
Oct 21: Orlando, FL; Amway Center-LOCASH
Oct 26: Buffalo, NY; KeyBank Center-Margo Price
Oct 27: Brooklyn, NY;Barclays Center-Margo Price