Chesnutt, Lawrence, Diffie Plan 'Roadhouse' Trek

Country artists Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, and Joe Diffie will team up for the Rockin' Roadhouse tour this summer. An itinerary is still being finalized, but the trek is due to begin June 20 and l

Country artists Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, and Joe Diffie will team up for the Rockin' Roadhouse tour this summer. An itinerary is still being finalized, but the trek is due to begin June 20 and last through Dec. 31, encompassing more than 75 dates at arenas, amphitheaters, fairs, festivals, and "any suitable venue with a mega-crankin' sound system and ice cold beer on tap," according to organizers.

The Rockin' Roadhouse tour will hit everywhere from large markets (Detroit; St. Louis; Albuquerque, N.M.) to out-of-the-way locales (Ashland, Ohio; Laporte, Ind.; Essex Junction, Vt.). "We're putting together a really special show for the fans," Lawrence said in a statement. "The kind of show that, as a fan of country music, I'd love to see. I can't wait for our fans to come on out and join the party. It's going to be great music and great fun."

Lawrence's latest album, a self-titled effort for Atlantic, debuted last November at No. 13 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Chesnutt, who recently signed a new deal with Columbia, is perhaps best known for his cover of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally in February 1999.

Diffie's latest Monument album, "In Another World," is No. 64 on the Top Country Albums chart this week, while the title track is No. 15 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally. The three acts combined have notched more than 40 chart-topping country singles.
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