George Strait and Chris Stapleton are teaming up for a mini stadium trek, which initially had them visiting six cities across the US. But, they’ve recently added one new show in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the Buckeye Country Superfest, where Strait will act as the headliner.
Two of country music’s biggest stars are gearing up to take the road for a joint tour that is bound to be a run to remember. The highly anticipated trek, which kicks off in the summer of 2023, is likely to sell out, especially since so much excitement is already building around the future shows. But, fans who aren’t able to attend the concerts may not luck out entirely. Aside from sharing the stage, the artists say a potential collaboration could be in the works.
A new teaser video shared on Strait and Stapleton’s respective Instagram pages have them sharing their admiration for each other and discussing their upcoming tour. In the clip, they also talk about the possibility of working with each other after the summer trek, which could mean they might eventually end up in the recording studio together.
“I love George’s shows. There’s nothing to compare it to,” Stapleton says of King George in the clip. “I love doing these shows with George probably more than anything. It’s really fun. It feels like a good thing all the way around. And, when the fans are winning, we’re winning.”
And for Strait, the feeling is mutual.
“When we talked about doing these six shows next year with Chris, it was a no-brainer,” the King of Country, who has charted over 60 No. 1 singles since the beginning of his illustrious career, shares. “For me, I was all in. I love working with Chris, it’s a whole lot of fun.”
Strait then hints, “Maybe something will happen in the future. Maybe we can do something together.”
“Hey, listen, if we can get something together, I think that’s a good idea. It’s always an honor,” the country powerhouse replies enthusiastically. “So many of your songs are just in the ethos of what country music is. It feels like home.”
Strait and Stapleton’s 2023 stadium trek currently runs from May 6-Aug 5. So far, the 7-date tour, plus the added Ohio date, has them making stops in Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, Nashville and Tampa, with the potential of more dates being added.
Two shows will take place in Nashville due to popular demand. The added concert at Nissan Stadium will take place on Friday (July 28th), turning the initial one-off show into a two-night run. In addition, Little Big Town will perform on the tour as a special guest. The country group as well as rising country artist Warren Zeiders are also joining Stapleton and Strait on the bill for Buckeye Country Superfest.
“When I walk through those curtains and see those smiling faces, my feet don’t touch the ground again ‘til I walk back out and get on that bus that got me there. That’s from a song I wrote called ‘I’ll Always Remember You.’ It’s a true statement,” Strait, whose upcoming venture will mark his most extensive run since his two-year The Cowboy Rides Away tour in 2014, told Billboard. “It just felt right. I had the opportunity to work with Chris and Little Big Town, and everything just kind of fell into place for next year. I don’t do that many shows anymore, so if we can do a stadium where we can play for more people, that works for me.”
Tickets for Strait and Stapleton’s tour are on sale now and can be purchased here.
George Strait/ Chris Stapleton and special guests Little Big Town 2023 Stadium Shows
May 6 – Glendale, Ariz. – State Farm Stadium
May 27 – Columbus, Oh. – Ohio Stadium
June 3 – Milwaukee, Wisc. – American Family Field
June 17 – Seattle, Wash. – Lumen Field
June 24 – Denver, Colo. – Empower Field at Mile High Stadium
July 28 – Nashville, Tenn. – Nissan Stadium
July 29 – Nashville, Tenn. – Nissan Stadium
Aug. 5 – Tampa, Fla. – Raymond James Stadium