Video: Kenny Chesney Talks Touring, Music, and Keeping Fans Happy at Billboard Country Summit
Video: Kenny Chesney Talks Touring, Music, and Keeping Fans Happy at Billboard Country Summit

Kenny Chesney will mark 20 years on the road with the "No Shoes Nation" tour, scheduled to roll through stadiums throughout North America starting on March 16 in Tampa, Florida.

The first round of dates includes 17 stadiums in cities ranging from Dallas to Denver to Boston, however more shows will be announced in the coming months. All the concerts, save for one so far, will be on a Saturday.

The tour will feature special guests Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves. On certain dates, the Zac Brown Band will also perform.

"I believe what we've created on the road is something special," Chesney says in a statement announcing the tour, "the fans, myself, the band, the crew. But it's really the fans who have given us a wonderful, unique life."

Chesney is coming off his massive "Brothers of the Sun" tour with fellow country superstar Tim McGraw. The tour grossed about $100 million at the box office, according to Billboard Boxscore, and drew in more than 1.1 million fans.

That tour, which wrapped up in August, is a finalist for Top Package honors at tonight's Billboard Touring Awards.

Read all our Billboard Touring Conference & Awards coverage HERE

"It was inspiring, really, to see how much music means to people, and how much their favorite songs mean to them," Chesney told Billboard as the tour came to a close. "It's why I love what I do."

No Shoes Nation Tour Dates

Mar 16 -- Tampa, FL (Raymond James Stadium^)
May 4 -- Columbia, SC (Williams Brice Stadium*) 

May 11 -- Dallas, TX (Dallas Cowboys Stadium^)
May 18 -- Milwaukee, WI (Miller Park^)
May 25 -- Landover, MD (FedExField^)
June 1 Seattle, WA (CenturyLink Field^)
June 8 -- Philadelphia, PA (Lincoln Financial Field^)
June 15 -- Kansas City, MO (Arrowhead Stadium^)
June 22 -- Pittsburgh, PA (Heinz Field^)
June 29 -- Columbus, OH (Crew Stadium^)
July 12 -- Minneapolis, MN (Target Field*)
July 20 -- Denver, CO (Sports Authority Field at Mile High^)
July 27 -- Anaheim, CA (Angels Stadium^) 

August 3 - Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome*)
August 10 -- East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium^)
August 17 -- Detroit, MI (Ford Field^)
August 24 -- Foxboro, MA (Gillette Stadium^)

* with Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves 

^ with Eric Church, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves

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