Promoter Michael Chugg said the tour is a “double-bill that U.S. audiences would kill for.”

While that might be a bit of an overstatement, country lovers the world over will no doubt be jealous of the special billing. Both artists are at the top of their game and have been relative rarities on the Aussie touring scene.

Although Urban is from Australia, he’s really hit the big time in the States where his record sales are approaching two million. He just launched into yet another tour at the start of August, this time with Phil Vassar.

As for Rimes, the outing with Urban will mark her first tour Downunder since 1997 when, as a 13-year-old, she landed on Australian soil in support of her hit album, Blue. Last year, she released her Twisted Angel album and is currently touring behind that in the States.