Two of country music’s most dynamic voices — Chris Young and Lee Brice — join forces to kick off 2015, bringing their unique brands of soulful, high-energy country together for a co-headlining tour beginning in Syracuse, NY at the War Memorial (at Oncenter) on Thursday, Jan. 22.
Brice — the “evocative, rough-edged singer” (New York Times) who notched a No. 1 debut for his album I Don’t Dance and was the first country artist to secure an RIAA platinum single certification with the album’s title track, also a #1 radio single, in 2014 — says he’s looking forward to touring with Young, “one of country music’s most reliable hitmakers” (USA Today).
The “stoic brute,” (New York Times) is watching his current single “Drinking Class” — a song that “heads right down the blue-collar Springsteen highway” (Country Weekly) — climb country radio charts.
Young, who has solidified his spot as one of country’s go-to artists both at radio with six No. 1 singles and on the road with numerous sold out shows, also expressed his excitement to launch this new tour.
Young’s latest hit “Lonely Eyes” was voted among Rolling Stone Country’s Top 10 songs of 2014, noting his “towering vocal performance” on the soaring ballad from A.M., his critically and commercially acclaimed fourth album. The 29-year old recently performed the song on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and debuted the track’s music video, his tenth in an illustrious career that’s delivered seven Gold/Platinum certified singles and presented him as a global ambassador for country music with shows in Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, Norway, Sweden and beyond.
“Lee and I had a blast last year when we were out with Brad (Paisley) and so we thought it would be great to join up for a co-headlining tour for our fans this winter,” shares Young. “I can’t wait to kick things off in Syracuse later this month and head west all the way to Hawaii!”
Brice concurs, “Chris and I have been talking about touring together again for a while. We have a lot of fun together!”
Initial Tour Dates Include:
*Markets and venues subject to change
**with Brothers Osborne
Jan. 22 – Syracuse, NY / War Memorial At Oncenter**
Jan. 23 – Mashantucket, CT / Foxwoods Resort Casino**
Feb. 6 – Jonesboro, AR / ASU Convocation Center**
Feb. 7 – Corbin, KY / The Arena**
Feb. 19 – Independence, MO / Independence Events Center**
Feb. 20 – Bloomington, IL / U.S. Cellular Coliseum**
Feb. 21 – La Crosse, WI / La Crosse Center Arena**
Mar. 7 – Kahului, HI / Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Mar. 8 – Honolulu, HI / Blaisdell Concert Hall
About Chris Young:
At the age of 29, Chris Young, “one of country music’s most reliable hitmakers” (USA Today) has accomplished more than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated recording artist, he’s also a dynamic live performer, selling-out 21 headlining shows this summer alone to commercial and critical acclaim, being declared “commanding and confident” (Houston Chronicle) and “a headliner in his own right” (Times-Leader). With four albums to his credit, Young plays a powerhouse show packed with hits, including chart toppers “Gettin’ You Home,” “The Man I Want To Be,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “You” and “Who I Am With You.” He’s amassed six #1 singles, seven Gold/Platinum certifications and performed for audiences ranging from ABC’s “Good Morning America” to Australia and Dublin to “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
Young is consistently in demand and has been invited to share the stage with country music favorites Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. The RCA Records artist is an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter, and a handsome charmer to boot who is frequently declared one of country music’s sexiest men by People and Country Weekly magazines. With the release of his most recent record, A.M., including his latest hit “Lonely Eyes,” Young is just as well known for his classic baritone as he is for melt-your-heart ballads and is winning audiences across the globe.
About Lee Brice:
Lee Brice’s 2014 Curb Records album I Don’t Dance marked his first #1 Billboard Country debut and highest-ever bow on the Billboard 200, opening at #5. Along with the smash success of the album’s title track — which reached #1 at country radio — the “evocative, rough-edged singer” (New York Times), whose music is “impossible to pigeonhole” (CMT), recorded his third studio album in Nashville, writing and producing 13 of the deluxe edition’s 16 songs, and playing almost every instrument. “Nobody in Nashville writes better love songs right now than Brice,” says USA Today.
Much of that praise is a testament to Brice’s ability as both a songwriter — his “More Than A Memory” as recorded by Garth Brooks was the only song in Billboard’s radio chart history to debut at #1 — and as an interpreter of songs, as his rendition of “I Drive Your Truck” won Song of the Year honors at both the ACM and CMA Awards. As a songwriter, Brice has also notchedNo. 1 honors (as well as an ACM Award for Song of the Year in 2011) with “Crazy Girl” for Eli Young Band, and as an artist with “A Woman Like You” and “Hard To Love,” alongside “I Drive Your Truck.”
Of I Don’t Dance, the New York Times says, “the songs are sturdy, the mood aching. That’s a noble mode, and a lane Mr. Brice has almost wholly to himself in modern country.”