Jennifer Nettles Headlining 2016 ‘Next Women of Country Tour’

CMT’s “Next Women of Country” tour returns in January with Jennifer Nettles at the top of the ticket. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter also curated the outing’s lineup, featuring Brandy Clark and special guests Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson.

The inaugural tour was held this spring with Jana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini. The road trip expanded on CMT’s “Next Women” campaign to showcase emerging female country artists.

The 2016 excursion kicks off Jan. 15 in Rama, Ontario, with a gig at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre. More than 30 dates are booked in the U.S. and Canada, with additional shows to be announced.

“I always take any opportunity to champion women in music and throughout society at large,” Nettles said. “I am absolutely energized to headline this year’s ‘CMT Next Women of Country’ tour and celebrate these exciting artists on the precipice of so much greatness.”

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Stagecoach, Empire Polo Field, Indio, Calif.

Nettles is currently crossing off dates on her “Playing with Fire” tour that runs through mid-December. The Sugarland vocalist is joined on the road by Clark and Ryan Kinder. In August Nettles announced she had signed to Big Machine Records. The follow-up to 2014’s That Girl is due out in 2016.

Big things are also happening for the rest of the “Next Women of Country” lineup.

“Brandy Clark will release her sophomore album on Warner Brothers Records, Lindsay Ell just premiered her new video on CMT for ‘By The Way,’ and newly signed Tara Thompson has already generated huge buzz for her talents to round out a stellar lineup for our 2016 Tour,” Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy and Talent for CMT, said.

Here’s how the routing stands today:

Jan. 15 – Rama, Ontario, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre          
Jan. 16 – Northfield, Ohio, Hard Rock Live At Hard Rock Rocksino         
Jan. 17 – Wheeling, W.Va., Capitol Theatre
Jan. 20 – New York, N.Y., Beacon Theatre  
Jan. 22 – Upper Darby, Pa., Tower Theatre

Jan. 23 – Boston, Mass., House Of Blues Boston     
Jan. 24 – Lancaster, Pa., American Music Theatre    
Feb. 5 – Durham, N.C., Durham Performing Arts Center     
Feb. 6 – Cherokee, N.C., Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center  
Feb. 12 – West Wendover, Nev., Peppermill Concert Hall   
Feb. 13 – Beaver Creek, Colo., Vilar Performing Arts Center          
Feb. 14 – Colorado Springs, Colo., Pikes Peak Center         
Feb. 17 – Hobbs, N.M., Lea County Event Center   
Feb. 19 – Phoenix, Ariz., Celebrity Theatre  
Feb. 20 – Prescott, Ariz., Yavapai College Performing Arts Center
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Wiltern   
Feb. 26 – Santa Rosa, Calif., Wells Fargo Center For The Arts        
Feb. 27 – Bakersfield, Calif., Fox Theater    
March 1 – Oakland, Calif., Fox Theater        
March 3 – Tacoma, Wash., Emerald Queen Casino  
March 4 – Airway Heights, Wash., Northern Quest Casino
March 5 – Grand Ronde, Ore., Spirit Mountain Casino        
March 17 – Fort Wayne, Ind., Embassy Theatre       
March 18 – Hammond, Ind., The Venue At Horseshoe Casino        
March 19 – Milwaukee, Wis., TBA   
April 8 – Branson, Mo., TBA            
April 10 – Lawrence, Kan., Lied Center Of Kansas
April 14 – Ralston, Neb., Ralston Arena       
April 15 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S. Cellular Center           
April 16 – Green Bay, Wis., Resch Center    
April 21 – Morristown, N.J., Mayo Performing Arts Center
April 22 – Albany, N.Y., Palace Theatre

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