Dubbed “The Music City” for its role as a music industry hub, it’s no wonder Nashville gets some of the best concerts in the nation. While music in general is big here, Nashville is particularly known as the home of country music. In addition to the several major record labels that are headquartered there, the city boasts attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, drawing in wannabe musicians and established superstars alike to make up the city’s bustling country music scene. There are plenty of concerts in Nashville at any given time, but we’ve chosen to highlight some of the best country concerts that the city has to offer this summer, so take a look and let us know what you think.
at the Grand Ole Opry
Starting on Friday, July 10, 2015
Vince Gill was without a doubt one of the biggest country stars of the 1990s, with a multitude of platinum albums and #1 hits to prove it. He has received countless honors for his contribution to country music, including 20 Grammy Awards and 18 CMA Awards, and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and even the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Don’t miss your chance to see this country icon during one of his five dates at the famous Grand Ole Opry.
with Florida Georgia Line & Thomas Rhett
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Country superstar Luke Bryan is coming to Nashville this summer as part of his 2015 Kick the Dust Up Tour. The Georgia native has had so many number one singles over the last few years that it’s hard to keep track, and his live shows are said to be nothing short of amazing. He’ll be joined by Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett when he comes to Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, July 11. With a lineup like that, this is the ultimate show for any country fan.
at the Grand Ole Opry
Starting on Friday, July 24, 2015
Now regarded as one of the biggest female artists in country music, it’s easy to forget that Carrie Underwood got her start as the winner of American Idol. Unlike past Idol winners, Underwood used that boost to break into country rather than pop, a move that surely paid off. While most Idols seem to eventually fade into obscurity, Carrie Underwood became nothing less than a superstar, with a record-breaking number of hits and multiple prestigious awards to her name. Get out and see her when she performs at the Grand Ole Opry at the end of July.
at the Grand Ole Opry
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Tracy Lawrence released his debut album Sticks and Stones in 1991. The title track earned him his first number-one single and the record was certified platinum. Throughout the 1990s, Lawrence had a number of hit albums and chart-topping singles, establishing himself as one of the most consistent country stars of the decade. His latest album, Headlights, Taillights, and Radios, came out in the summer of 2013.
Starting on Thursday, July 30, 2015
After making the rounds as a struggling musician in Nashville for a few years, Eric Church signed with Capitol Records in 2005, releasing his debut album Sinners Like Me a year later. The record’s lead single, “How ‘Bout You,” reached the Top 20 on the country charts, and Church’s career was officially underway. His next album, Carolina, spawned a few hits as well, but it wasn’t until his 2011 album Chief that he really became a star. The record debuted atop both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts, marking a newfound level of fame for the singer. Church will be playing two nights at Nashville’s West Riverfront Park at the end of July.
with Gavin Degraw
Friday, July 31, 2015
Rising to fame in the late 1990s, Shania Twain emerged to become one of the most successful female country artists in the genre’s history. By the time she released her multi-platinum second album The Woman in Me in 1995, she was a Grammy Award winner and a mainstream crossover success. Her next album, the astoundingly 20x platinum Come On Over, came out in 1997 and to this day still holds the record as the best-selling country album of all time. Flash forward to 2015, and Twain is headed out on the road for her first tour in 11 years, still rocking it at almost 50 years old. She has stated that she plans to release a new album once the tour wraps.
Starting on Friday, July 31, 2015
Regarded as a music superstar for the last few decades, Dolly Parton is known to the world as a country icon with a voice as big as her hair. She’s practically synonymous with Nashville, having been a part of the city’s country music scene since the 1960s. Known for having written timeless classics like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” she has left a lasting mark on the country music industry. Though nearly 70 years old, Ms. Parton is still quite the energetic performer, and her two shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville are sure to be spectacular as always.
with Billy Currington & Chase Bryant
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Since his debut in the 1990s, Tim McGraw has become arguably the biggest name in modern country music. He came onto the scene with his self-titled debut in 1993, though it did not do as well as his future records. By the time his second album came out a year later, however, McGraw was already tearing up the charts with several top ten singles, two of which went all the way to number one. The album went on to sell 6 million copies and was certified 6x platinum. Since then he has kept up the momentum, continuing to top the charts with his subsequent records, and over the years he has even used his star power to break into acting. McGraw’s latest effort, Two Lanes of Freedom, saw release in September 2014 and earned the singer yet another spot at the top of the U.S. country albums chart.