Alan Jackson will kick off a U.S. tour next Friday (Feb. 1) in Champaign, Ill. The country artist is riding high after his new Arista album, "Drive," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboar

Alan Jackson will kick off a U.S. tour next Friday (Feb. 1) in Champaign, Ill. The country artist is riding high after his new Arista album, "Drive," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart yesterday (Jan. 24). It was also the highest January debut in the SoundScan era and Jackson's best-ever showing on the charts.

Jackson will be on the road through early March, but is expected to fill in his itinerary through summer. He already has a July 26 show in Kelsyville, Calif., on the schedule.

The success of "Drive" was steered by Jackson's popular Sept. 11-inspired single, "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," which was No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for five weeks before surrendering the position to Steve Holy's "Good Morning Beautiful" this week.

Here are Alan Jackson's tour dates:

Feb. 1: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)
Feb. 2: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Feb. 12-13: San Antonio, Texas (Freeman Coliseum)
Feb. 14: Houston (Reliant Astrodome)
Feb. 15: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Center)
Feb. 16: Robinsonville, Miss. (Horeshoe Casino)
Feb. 21: Louisville, Ky. (Freedom Hall)
Feb. 22: South Bend, Ind. (Joyce Center)
Feb. 23: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
March 7: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
March 8: Atlantic City, N.J. (Trump Taj Mahal)
March 9: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Center)
July 26: Kelsyville, Calif. (Konocti Field Amphitheater)