Gatlin Brothers Announce 65th Anniversary Tour: Exclusive

The Gatlin Brothers
Jim McGuire

The Gatlin Brothers

The Gatlin Brothers will celebrate their milestone of six-and-a-half decades as a band this year with the aptly titled 65th Anniversary Tour. The trek, which kicks off Friday (Jan. 17) and runs through December, will have the band performing more than 60 dates throughout 2020, with more expected to be added in the coming weeks.

"The man who loves his job is always on vacation," Larry Gatlin tells Billboard. "Well, I've been on vacation with my two best friends, brother Steve and brother Rudy, for 65 years, singing our music for millions of wonderful people. I am greatly blessed!"

Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers began playing together 65 years ago this spring as children in Abilene, Texas. The Grand Ole Opry members would go on to see success with hit songs “All the Gold in California,” “Broken Lady” and “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” among others.

Oldest brother Larry was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019 and spoke with Billboard last year upon the 40th anniversary of “All the Gold in California.”

“I've written thousands of songs -- a few hits, thank God, a few misses,” he says. “I'm grateful for every one of them, ’cause that's my homework. I try to sit down once a day with my guitar. If it talks to me, fine. If it doesn't, I go play golf. This is not a job. This is a calling. This is something that I love and that I'm grateful for.”

Complete dates for Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers’ 65th Anniversary Tour are below.

Jan 17 - Green Bay, WI - Meyer Theatre?
Jan 18 - Kansas City, MO - Muriel Kauffman Theatre?
Jan 19 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre?
Jan 21 - The Villages, FL - Savannah Center
Jan 25-28 - The Country Music Cruise
Feb 4 - Palmetto, FL - Bradenton Area Convention Center
Feb 13/14 - Wickenburg, AZ - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 15 - Bellingham, WA - Mount Baker Theatre?
Feb 21 - Arlington, TX - Arlington Music Hall
Feb 22 - McPherson, KS - McPherson Opera House
Feb 27 - Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
Feb 29 - Wausau, WI - Grand Theater
March 14 - Chandler, AZ - Chandler Center for the Arts
March 20 - St. Louis, MO - River City Casino
March 27 - Lubbock, TX - Cactus Theater
March 28 - Dalhart, TX - La Rita Performing Arts Theatre?
March 29 - Lubbock, TX - Cactus Theater
April 4 - Bremen, GA - Mill Town Music Hall
April 7 - Indian Wells, CA - Toscana Country Club
April 28 - Warren, OH - Packard Music Hall
May 8 - Fort Wayne, IN - The Clyde Theatre?
May 9 - Sandusky, OH - Sandusky State Theatre?
June 5 - Marion, IL - Marion Cultural and Civic Center
July 25-31 - The Gaither Cruise
Aug 20 - Waco, TX - Waco Hippodrome Theatre
Aug 21 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Aug 22 - Greenville, TX - Greenville Municipal Auditorium 
Sept 18 - Poway, CA - Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Sept 19 - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Lewis Family Playhouse
Oct 4 - Irvine, CA - Irvine Barclay Theatre?
Oct 24 - Branson, MO - The Mansion Theatre?
Nov 5 - Mayetta, KS - Prairie Band Casino Resort
Nov 6 - Council Bluffs, IA - The Arts Center at Iowa Western
Nov 7 - Mason City, IA - North Iowa Community Auditorium
Dec 3 - Newberry, SC - Newberry Opera House