Looking ahead to the New Year, Brad Paisley has begun confirming dates for his Mud & Suds tour, on which fellow country artists Sara Evans and Andy Griggs will be along for the ride. The run — which takes its name from a combination of Paisley’s album “Mud on the Tires” and Evans’ single “Suds in the Bucket” — will kick off Jan. 14 in Verona, N.Y., with dates currently scheduled through March 6 in Rochester, Minn.
“It’s not often you get to do tour dates with people that you have known for as long as the three of us have known each other,” Paisley says. “I know how much it means when someone buys a ticket to hear music. Having spent the last six years attempting to get as many people as possible to do that very thing, I’m excited about the opportunity to really give people their money’s worth. And with this trio of artists, hopefully we’ll do just that.”
As previously reported, the tour’s Jan. 15 show in Wheeling, W.Va., will be a benefit for flood relief organizations in the Ohio Valley. In the midst of the trek, Paisley will perform Feb. 12 as part of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, and he’s also due to host fans on the “Mud on the Boat Cruise,” which is part the April 24-May 1 sailing of the Royal Caribbean ship Rhapsody of the Seas.
Released in August 2003, “Mud on the Tires” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 8 on The Billboard 200. The Arista Nashville set has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single “Whiskey Lullaby,” a No. 3 hit on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart featuring Alison Krauss, recently won the Country Music Association’s musical event of the year and video of the year awards.
Evans’ 2003 RCA Nashville set “Restless” bowed at No. 3 on the Top Country Albums tally and No. 20 on The Billboard 200, and has sold 655,000. “Suds in the Bucket” topped the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at No. 33 on the Hot 100.
Griggs, who will be forced to miss a Jan. 22 stop in Lowell, Mass., due to a prior commitment, will be out supporting his RCA Nashville set “This I Gotta See.” Released in August, the disc debuted at No. 7 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 59 on The Billboard 200, and has sold 100,000 copies.
Paisley has a handful of dates left on his 2004 tour schedule, stopping in Albuquerque, N.M., tomorrow (Dec. 2) and playing Friday through Sunday in Las Vegas.
Here are Paisley’s tour dates:
Dec. 2: Albuquerque, N.M. (Route 66 Casino)
Dec. 3-5: Las Vegas (Las Vegas Hilton)
Jan. 14: Verona, N.Y. (Turning Stone Casino Resort)
Jan. 15: Wheeling, W.Va. (WesBanco Arena)
Jan. 20: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Center)
Jan. 21: Augusta, Maine (Augusta Civic Center)
Jan. 22: Lowell, Mass. (Paul E. Tsongas Arena)
Feb. 12: San Antonio, Texas (SBC Center; San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo)
Feb. 18: Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center)
Feb. 19: Salisbury, Md. (Wicomico Youth & Civic Center)
Feb. 20: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort)
Feb. 24: Normal, Ill. (Braden Auditorium, Illinois State University)
Feb. 26: Johnstown, Pa. (Cambria County War Memorial)
March 5: West Lafayette, Ind. (Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue University)
March 6: Rochester, Minn. (Mayo Civic Center Arena)
March 15: Houston (Reliant Stadium @ Reliant Park)
March 19: Austin, Texas (Travis County Exposition Center)
April 24-May 1: Galveston, Texas (Rhapsody of the Seas)