Kenny Chesney tour to play 17 stadiums in 2013, including Denver - Reverb

Kenny Chesney announces 17 stadium dates in 2013, including a date at Sports Authority Field in Denver

Pop-country star Kenny Chesney practically has his own subgenre of country music, and it’s best described in the name of his next big tour: the No Shoes Nation Tour.

Chesney is that laid back dude with the too-big hat, the blonde on his arm and his feet in the sand. It’s not a bad life — a fact made obvious by today’s announcement of 17 stadium dates in 2013. While some artists are struggling to fill arenas, Chesney’s bold move comes less than a few months after the conclusion of the Brothers of the Sun tour, which had he and Tim McGraw coheadlining 22 of the biggest stadiums in the U.S. to 1.1 million fans.

“I believe what we’ve created on the road is something special,” Chesney said in recent press materials, “the fans, myself, the band, the crew. But it’s really the fans who have given us a wonderful, unique life. What we’ve all built together is the ‘No Shoes Nation.’ There is no better name for this tour.”

The tour opens on March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and closes on Aug. 24 at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium. Chesney will play Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High on July 20.

Today’s announcement pushes Chesney’s number of stadium shows above the 100 mark — a true feat when almost no other artists are attempting to play the 60,000-80.000-seat spaces.

The Zac Brown Band will open some of the shows on the tour, but most of the dates (including Denver) will feature Eric Church as main support. The Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves will open all dates.

The full schedule of tour dates:

Mar 16: Tampa, Fla.,­ Raymond James Stadium

May 4: Columbia, S.C., Williams Brice Stadium

May 11: Dallas, Texas, Dallas Cowboys Stadium

May 18: Milwaukee, Wisc., Miller Park

May 25: Landover, Md., FedExField,

Jun 1: Seattle, Wash., CenturyLink Field

Jun 8: Philadelphia, Pa., Lincoln Financial Field

Jun 15: Kansas City, Mo., Arrowhead Stadium

Jun 22: Pittsburgh, Pa., Heinz Field

Jun 29: Columbus, Ohio, ­ Crew Stadium

Jul 12: Minneapolis, Minn., Target Field

Jul 20: Denver, Colo., Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Jul 27: Anaheim, Calif., Angels Stadium

Aug 3: Atlanta, Ga., Georgia Dome

Aug 10: East Rutherford, N.J., MetLife Stadium

Aug 17: Detroit, Mich., Ford Field

Aug 24: Foxboro, Mass., Gillette Stadium

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.