Strait Confirms '04 Tour Dates

The country artist will kick off the run Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with 26 dates in the U.S. and Canada confirmed; more are expected.

As expected, George Strait will kick off a North American arena tour early in the New Year. The country artist will kick off the run Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with 26 dates in the U.S. and Canada confirmed; more are expected.

Dierks Bentley and Kellie Coffey will join Strait on the tour's January/February U.S. leg. Bentley is also on board for the July Canadian dates. As has become the norm for his tours, Strait will perform in the round.

Among the stops on the tour will be a March 3 concert that is part of Texas' 72nd Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. As reported yesterday, 29 pop and country artists will perform during the RodeoHouston event at Reliant Stadium.

Strait will be touring in support of his latest MCA Nashville album, "Honkytonkville." Released in June, the set debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The album has sold 465,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Strait's 2004 tour dates:

Jan. 15: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
Jan. 16: Tampa, Fla. (St. Petersburg Times Forum)
Jan. 17: Birmingham, Ala. (Jefferson Civic Center)
Jan. 23: St. Louis, Mo. (Savvis Center)
Jan. 24: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)
Jan. 28: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
Jan. 29: Fresno, Calif. (Save-Mart Center)
Jan. 31: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Arena)
Feb. 5: Oklahoma City, Okla. Ford Center)
Feb. 6: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Arena
Feb. 7: Nashville (GEC)
Feb. 12: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville Arena)
Feb. 13: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Center)
Feb. 14: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Feb. 19: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Feb. 20: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
Feb. 21: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
Feb. 26: Biloxi, Miss. (Mississippi Coast Coliseum)
Feb. 27: Memphis (The Pyramid)
Feb. 28: Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)
March 3: Houston (Houston Livestock Show)
July 17: Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)
July 19: Edmonton (Skyreach Centre)
July 20: Calgary (Pengrowth Saddledome)
July 23: Cheyenne, Wyo. (Cheyenne Frontier Days)
July 25: Eau Claire, Wis. (Country Fest)