Tim McGraw's 'Freedom' Tour Kicks Off in May

Tim McGraw for Billboard magazine. Photo by Nigel Parry

Nigel Parry

Tim McGraw is heading back on the road this summer on the Two Lanes of Freedom tour, hitting 30 cities in North America between May and July. "Let's leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free," McGraw says in the tour announcement.

With Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft as supporting acts, McGraw begins his trek on May 2 in Birmingham, AL and will snake through the South, Northeast, Midwest and West Coast before wrapping up July 27 in Virginia Beach.

McGraw spent last summer on a 22-city co-headlining tour with Kenny Chesney.

Tim McGraw

The "Two Lanes of Freedom" album, McGraw's first on Big Machine, arrives Feb. 5. In this week's Billboard Cover Story, the country superstar calls the album "a watershed moment in my career. It's a time where I say, 'All right, let's see if I can go another step up. Let's see if I can find a deeper well in what I do artistically."

The album's first single, "One of Those Nights," has been steadily climbing the Billboard Country Songs chart, jumping 21-15 in the past week alone.

Until April, McGraw will be holding court multiple weekends at the Venetian in Las Vegas in his Soul2Soul show with wife Faith Hill. Expanding their live partnership to a full blown tour, however, was not in the cards as many fans had hoped.

"Everybody [wanted] us to do a Soul2Soul tour, and we just couldn't do it," he told us. "This was a way we could play together and only be gone one or two nights a month."

Two Lanes of Freedom Tour Dates:

5/2: Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre)
5/3: Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
5/4: Raleigh, NC (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion)
5/10: West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
5/11: Tampa, FL (1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre)
5/12: Atlanta, GA (Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood)
5/17: Philadelphia, PA (Susquehanna Bank Center)
5/18: Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavilion)
5/19: Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
5/23: St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
5/24: Chicago, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
5/25: Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)
5/26: Darien Lakes, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
5/30: Indianapolis, IN (Klipsch Music Center)
5/31: Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center)
6/1: Washington, D.C. (Jiffy LubeLive)
6/7: San Diego, CA (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre)
6/8: San Bernardino, CA (San Manuel Amphitheatre)
6/9: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
6/13: Albuquerque, NM (Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion)
6/14: Salt Lake City, UT  (USANA Amphitheatre)
6/15: Denver, CO (Fiddler's Green)
6/20: Beaumont, TX  (Ford Park Pavilion)
6/22: Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavilion)
6/28: Hartford, CT  (Comcast Theatre)
6/29: Boston, MA (Comcast Center)
6/30: Holmdel, NJ  (PNC Bank Arts Center)
7/25: Toronto  (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
7/26: Bethel, NY  (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
7/27: Virginia Beach, VA  (Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach)