Some of country music's top female stars are banding together to hit the road this summer under the Girls' Night Out banner. The tour, featuring Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jamie O'Nea
Some of country music's top female stars are banding together to hit the road this summer under the Girls' Night Out banner. The tour, featuring Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Jamie O'Neal, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, will kick off July 13 in Las Vegas and wrap Aug. 18 in Louisville.
For McEntire, the tour will follow her five-month stint in "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway, where she has received rave reviews for her role as Annie Oakley. Today (April 9) McEntire begins a brief break from the show through April 18 to shoot the pilot for a planned WB sitcom in Los Angeles. As previously reported, she will star as a Texas woman determined to build a life for her troubled family.
McEntire's last album, 1999's "So Good Together" (MCA Nashville), debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and at No. 28 on The Billboard 200. The video for the single "What Do You Say?" was nominated for a best short form music video Grammy, marking only the third time in 18 years that a country music video was nominated in the category.
McBride's latest album, 1999's "Evolution" (RCA), debuted at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums chart, and has since been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. sales of 3 million copies. Evans' "I Could Not Ask for More" is No. 18 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, which follows-up her January No. 1, "Born to Fly." Both songs come from her RCA album "Born to Fly," which debuted on the Top Country Albums chart at No. 8 last October.
Jamie O'Neal will be hitting the road for the first time in support of her debut album, "Shiver" (Mercury), which peaked at No. 14 on the country tally in January. That set spawned the singles "There Is No Arizona," which topped the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in February, and "When I Think About Angels," which is No. 31 this week.
Johnson, who will play a brief acoustic set to open the Girls' Night Out tour each night, is a former backup singer in McBride's band. Her debut single, "Georgia," topped out at No. 25 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in January; her debut Arista Nashville album, "Room with a View," is due out this summer.
Here are the Girls' Night Out tour dates:
July 13: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
July 14: San Diego (Coors Amphitheater)
July 15: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
July 18: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
July 19: San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Arena)
July 21: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
July 22: George, Wash. (Gorge Amphitheater)
July 25: Paso Robles, Calif. (California Midstate Fair)
July 27: Phoenix (America West Arena)
July 28: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
July 29: Englewood, Col. (Fiddler's Green)
Aug. 2: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach Amphitheater)
Aug. 3: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Center)
Aug. 4: Hartford, Conn. (Hartford Civic Center Coliseum)
Aug. 5: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Aug. 7: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
Aug. 9: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Music Theatre)
Aug. 10: Chicago (United Center)
Aug. 11: Cincinnati (Riverbend Amphitheater)
Aug. 12: Buffalo, N.Y. (Midland Arena)
Aug. 15: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)
Aug. 16: Greenville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
Aug. 17: Winston-Salem, N.C. (LJVM Coliseum)
Aug. 18: Louisville (Kentucky State Fair))