You may not be into attending big arena shows, but it’s hard to not be happy for the big opportunity being bestowed to the Turnpike Troubadours, Southern rock revivalists The Steel Woods, high caliber songwriter Natalie Hemby, and Canadian up-and-comer Tenille Townes who have all been tapped as openers on Miranda Lambert’s “Bandwagon Tour” coming up with Little Big Town.
This is actually the second time Miranda Lambert will be sharing the stage with Turnpike and the Steel Woods, but the inclusion of Little Big Town on the tour means bigger venues, and bigger crowds. Some in the Texas music scene are a little torqued they’re being asked big ticket prices to see their favorite band, but don’t worry, the Turnpike Troubadours will be touring through your area again soon enough. Don’t be greedy, Little Big Town fans probably need and deserve a dose of good, true country music more than you.
It’s also a big opportunity for The Steel Woods, who’ve gone nothing but up since releasing their debut album in 2017. Natalie Hemby’s Puxico record was also stellar, and people have been paying attention, allowing Hemby to step into the spotlight more after penning many great songs for major country artists over the last number of years.
These live shows may not be right for everyone, but they’re the right opportunity for openers who deserve some recognition, and won’t be receiving it from mainstream radio anytime soon. Hopefully in the coming years some of these openers can be playing sold out arena shows of their own. Until then, it’s onward and upward.
The Bandwagon Tour Dates:
7/12/18 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion***
7/13/18 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center***
7/14/18 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center***
7/20/18 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre *
7/21/18 Mansfield, MA XFINITY Center *
8/2/18 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf at Orange Beach *
8/3/18 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre *
8/4/18 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre *
8/10/18 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion **
8/11/18 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion **
8/16/18 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Amphitheater *
8/17/18 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion *
8/18/18 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion *
8/23/18 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage *
8/24/18 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre *
8/25/18 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
*(denotes Turnpike Troubadours select dates)
**(denotes The Steel Woods select dates)
***(denotes Natalie Hemby select dates)
Tenille Townes joins for all dates