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Brad Paisley Maps Out Epic Summer Trek


“Like the great George freaking Strait, I’m the king of getting unwound,” sings Brad Paisley on his current single “Crushin’ It.” And this summer, he’ll be the king of getting around — on the road, that is, with his Crushin’ It World Tour, named for that very song, which kicks off May 15th in Philadelphia. The singer and perennial CMA Awards co-host will be joined by Justin Moore and rising talent Mickey Guyton, one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know.

Paisley’s never one to sit stagnant — the Crushin’ It Tour will roll through October after his current run ends in March, with more dates to be added. He’ll also hit select festivals, like Atlanta’s Shaky Boots and New York’s FarmBorough Country Music Festival, which will bring three days of twang to the city’s Randall’s Island.

For Moore, joining the Paisley tour is an opportunity to experience the best of both worlds — he’ll play fewer headlining dates, and get to spend some time at home. The classic-tinged crooner in the 10 gallon says it’s a way to keep things fresh.

“We’re only going to play 90 shows this year,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “My oldest daughter is starting school, so I want to be around as much as possible. And I want to make people miss me a little bit, instead of showing up in their town every three months.” The extra free time will also allow him a little more luxury to mull the follow-up to 2013′s Off the Beaten Path.

For Guyton, who has been a relative unknown on the touring circuit after wowing audiences in a series of local gigs in her adopted hometown of Nashville, the Crushin’ It Tour is a major coup. The Texas native is currently working on her debut LP, which will expand on the soft warble and raw confessional of her single “Better Than You Left Me.”

Prestige aside, Moore and Guyton should probably watch their backs. Paisley is a notorious tour prankster, who once had a diapered man join Moore onstage the last time the two hit the road together. But since the careers of past opening acts, like Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert, have skyrocketed, it’s safe to say that Guyton’s probably willing to endure a stinky-cheese microphone from Paisley for a chance at superstardom.

Here are the 2015 Crushin’ It World Tour dates:
May 15 — Philadelphia, Susquehanna Bank Center
May 16 — Raleigh, Walnut Creek Ampitheatre
May 17 — Atlanta, Shaky Boots Music Festival
May 30 — Salem, Virginia, Blue Ridge Music Festival
May 31 — Charlotte, North Carolina, PNC Music Pavilion
June 4 — Phoenix, Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 5 —  Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl
June 6 — San Diego,  Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 12 — Sacramento, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 13 — Mountain View, California, Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 20 — Chicago, Windy City LakeShake Festival
June 26 — Pittsburgh, First Niagara Pavilion
June 27 — New York, FarmBorough Country Music Festival
June 28 — Darien Center, New York, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 17 — Cleveland, Blossom Music Center
July 18 — Brooklyn, Michigan, Faster Horses Country Music Festival
July 24 — Bethel, New York, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 25 — Hartford, Connecticut, XFINITY Theatre
July 26 — Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 31 — Mountain Home, Idaho, Mountain Home Country Music Festival
August 1 — Camrose, Alberta, Canada, Camrose Regional Exhibition
August 7 — Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada, Boots & Hearts Music Festival
August 9 — Gilford, New Hampshire, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 21 — Gardendale, Texas, Texas Thunder Country Music Festival
August 22 — Thackerville, Oklahoma, Winstar Casino
August 28 — Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center
August 29 — Indianapolis, Klipsch Music Center
August 30 — St. Louis, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 17 — Albuquerque, Isleta Amphitheater
September 19 — Salt Lake City, USANA Amphitheatre
September 25 — Boston, XFINITY Center
September 26  — Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
September 27 — Virginia Beach, Virginia, Farm Bureau Live
October 2 — Tampa, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 3 — West Palm Beach, Florida, Cruzan Amphitheatre                                      

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