Julie Reeves: Topping charts and tour announcements
BILLBOARD: Jimmie Allen’s debut single, “Best Shot,” reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts this week. Jimmie joins Darius Rucker as the only African-American country artists to hit No. 1 with their debut singles.
Darius, who became a household name in the early 1990s as the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, accomplished the feat in 2008 with “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” “Written by Jimmie, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Jimmie’s debut album, Mercury Lane.
The hit single also ended Luke’s Combs’ four-week run atop the Billboard chart with “She Got the Best of Me.” “In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with,” says Jimmie.
SUMMER TOUR: Thomas Rhett announced he will heat things up in 2019 with his Very Hot Summer Tour. Kicking off on May 17 in Spokane, Washington, the 39-date tour will make stops in Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Nashville and more. Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and TR’s father, Rhett Akins, will serve as support.
“We literally just closed out our 2018 tour in the U.K. last week and I’m already thinking about next year’s tour,” said Thomas Rhett. “I’m glad we have the winter to plan and come up with some crazy stuff for next year because I can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than out on the road with my fans. And, I get to bring my dad and two of my favorite artists in country music along for the ride.”
Tickets go on sale on Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. local time. Citi’s Private Pass program is providing pre-sale opportunities.
SCALING BACK: After Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour hit more than a dozen major stadiums and more than 20 amphitheaters, the Tennessee native is scaling back his 2019 tour, which he has dubbed the Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour. “I wanted to change it up,” says Kenny.
“Last year was so intense, and amazing. No Shoes Nation took it to a whole other level, and they blew all of us away. It was the kind of energy you don’t take for granted. So when we started thinking about next year, they made me wanna come to them. Rather than the massive two-day set-up, make everyone come to a stadium away from their homes, I wanted to go to where the fans live . . . strip things back a bit, and make it a little more intimate.”
The 18-date tour will make stops in Louisville, Washington, D.C., Atlantic City and more.
Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.