On Music Row: Tim McGraw arena tour notches big numbers

Monday, July 14, 2008 at 3:07am
Tim McGraw’s Live Your Voice Tour ’08 played to nearly 500,000 fans. Courtesy of TimMcGraw.com

Tim McGraw’s Live Your Voice Tour ’08 played to nearly 500,000 fans and grossed almost $20 million during its recent run. The superstar played 34 amphitheaters and arenas as well as a handful of major festival dates, including Stagecoach and the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Joining McGraw on the road were rising stars Jason Aldean and Halfway to Hazard.

Affordable ticket prices — the average ticket cost less than $50 — and a stellar catalog of hit songs are likely keys to the tour’s success.

“It was another great McGraw concert event,” said Brian O’Connell, a representative of Live Nation, the tour’s exclusive promoter. “It was especially strong given the state of the economy. We worked hard with Tim’s team to maintain his cutting-edge production, trend-setting sponsorship programs but giving the fans a break on the price.”

Hall of Fame to launch Kitty Wells exhibit

Kitty Wells, known as country music’s first female superstar, will be the subject of a new exhibit opening Aug. 15 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Kitty Wells: Queen of Country Music” will include her guitar, costumes, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and even sheet music to the ballad “Kitty Wells,” from which Johnnie Wright chose his wife’s stage name.

The exhibit, which is being sponsored by the Great American Country network, is set for a 10-month run in the Museum’s East Gallery. Opening-weekend festivities will include a 45-minute guided tour, an autograph signing and interview with Wells hosted by 650 WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs, and a screening of the 1982 Showtime special, A Tribute to Kitty Wells, hosted by Tammy Wynette.

Travis to hit Big Apple for album promo

Randy Travis has lined up plenty of high-profile promotional appearances in support of his first new country album in eight years. Around the Bend will be released tomorrow by Warner Bros. Records. He will appear tomorrow night on The Late Show with David Letterman and follow that up later this week with visits to Good Morning America, Regis & Kelly and The Today Show.

During his 25-year career, Travis has sold more than 21 million albums, had 22 No. 1 hits and received numerous Grammy, CMA, ACM and American Music awards. To coincide with the release of Around the Bend, he will launch a new fan club. Membership will include a $20 gift certificate to his online store as well as exclusive merchandise, contests, videos, photos and downloads.

McBride kicks off three-month road trip

Martina McBride’s summer outing began this past Friday near Detroit. The Waking Up Laughing Tour, promoted by Live Nation, will visit more than 30 markets during the next three months with Jack Ingram on board as her special guest.

Coming off a successful arena run through the United States and Canada, this will be the first time McBride has headlined an amphitheater tour. Two additional new artists will open select dates: Chris Young will be on the tour through Aug. 30, while Jason Michael Carroll will jump on board Sept. 19 through Oct. 11.

Capitol’s Pub Crawl set for September

Capitol Records Nashville is bringing back its popular Pub Crawl on the night of Sept. 18. For last year’s free public event, the label shut down Demonbreun Street while its artists played in nearby bars and in the middle of the street.

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