Strait Spends Winter On The 'Road Less Traveled'
Country artist George Strait will take the Road Less Traveled once again, as he has lined up a second leg of that tour for early next year.Country artist George Strait will take the Road Less Traveled once again, as he has lined up a second leg of that tour for early next year. The trek will kick off Jan. 16 in Greenville, S.C., and take in 21 stops through to its Feb. 28 conclusion in Louisville, Ky., according to the artist's official Web site.
Like the fall run, which wrapped Nov. 2 in San Antonio, Texas, Tammy Cochran will support Strait on the winter dates. Save for the stop in Phoenix where the Cricket Pavilion has a fixed stage, the shows will be performed in the round, with the artists playing to all sides of the arena.
The fall tour visited two dozen cities, played to more than 377,000 fans, and grossed more than $19 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. The run marked a break from several years of staging the multi-artist George Strait Country Music Festival in U.S. stadiums.
Strait's latest MCA Nashville album, "The Road Less Traveled," debuted in November 2001 at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 9 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 812,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Cochran, meanwhile, will be touring in support of her Epic album "Life Happened," which debuted earlier this month at No. 11 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 95 on The Billboard 200. Her self-titled 2001 debut topped out at No. 27 on the country tally.
Here are George Strait's upcoming tour dates:
Jan. 16: Greenville, S.C. (Bi Lo Center)
Jan. 17: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham/Jefferson Arena)
Jan. 18: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Center)
Jan. 19: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Jan. 23: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
Jan. 24: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino)
Jan. 30: Dayton, Ohio (Ervin J. Nutter Center)
Jan. 31: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Feb. 1: East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Events Center)
Feb. 6: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Feb. 7: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
Feb. 8: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
Feb. 12: Moline, Ill. (Mark of the Quad Cities)
Feb. 13: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
Feb. 14: Evansville, Ind. (Roberts Stadium)
Feb. 20: North Charleston, S.C. (North Charleston Coliseum)
Feb. 21: Duluth, Ga. (Gwinnett Civic Center)
Feb. 22: Raleigh, N.C. (RBC Center)
Feb. 25: Houston (Reliant Stadium)
Feb. 27: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Allen County Memorial Coliseum)
Feb. 28: Louisville, Ky. (Freedom Hall)