Veteran country artist Mel Tillis says he's going to begin touring again beginning next year. This after a 45-year career that has yielded more than 60 albums. The 70-year-old entertainer has a full s

Veteran country artist Mel Tillis says he's going to begin touring again beginning next year. This after a 45-year career that has yielded more than 60 albums. The 70-year-old entertainer has a full slate of dates in Branson, Mo., and a few road dates scheduled through October.

The company arranging Tillis' solo concerts will also be booking an upcoming Pam Tillis/Mel Tillis package tour. The tour is in support of his daughter's new album "It's All Relative," a tribute to her father on which she sings many of his hits. Released on Sept. 3, the Lucky Dog/Sony album features duets with her father, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, the Jordanaires, Delbert McClinton and Marty Stuart. The set debuted at No. 54 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Meanwhile, Pam Tillis has signed to play 90 shows at Yakov Smirnoff's theater next year in Branson. Tillis will alternate with Smirnoff's "What a Country" performance, playing matinee and evening dates in June, July, August, November, and December. Her father recently sold the Branson theater that bears his name.

Tillis said she's sentimental about appearing in Smirnoff's 1,400-seat theater because it's the first venue her father played when he came to Branson in 1990. She admitted she didn't think much of the town on her first visit. She was driving on a rural road and had to brake to avoid hitting a turkey. "I thought that dad had lost his mind," she said.

Here are Mel Tillis' upcoming performance dates:

Sept. 13-22: Branson, Mo. (Mel Tillis Theater)
Sept. 22: Branson, Mo. (Mel Tillis Theater)
Oct. 10: Branson, Mo. (Mel Tillis Theater)
Oct. 12: Minot, N.D. (Norsk Hostfest)
Oct. 15-Dec. 14: Branson, Mo. (Mel Tillis Theater)
Jan. 17-19: Wilmington, Del. (Three Little Bakers)
Jan. 22-26: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Casino)
Feb. 8: Taylorville, Ill. (Nashville North)
Feb. 22: Mesquite, Nev. (Casablanca Resort)
Feb. 23: Jackson, Calif. (Jackson Rancheria Casino)
Feb. 25-March 3: Laughlin, Nev. (Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort)
March 15: Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (Crystal Grand Theatre)


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