Sign up for newsletter
 

Sarah Johns opens George Strait tour

Monday, December 10, 2007 – Sarah Johns will open up George Strait's 2008 tour.

"Believe it or not, I just had my tonsils taken out, so I couldn't scream or even talk. All I could do was cry and text everybody I knew," said the Kentucky native whose debut album, "Big Love In A Small Town," was released earlier this year.

Johns said, "I've wanted to do this my whole life and to be part of the George Strait Tour is a blessing and a dream come true. If you've listened to my record you know I love country music...the countrier the better, so as you can imagine, I'm a huge George Strait fan."

Johns will rehearse her show and get ready for the holidays until the tour starts Jan. 20, 2008 in Austin. "This is the greatest Christmas present I've ever had, but I wouldn't mind a set of twin fiddles for the tour!"

Tour dates are:
Jan. 10 Austin, Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas at Austin
Jan. 11 - Oklahoma City, Okla., Ford Center
Jan. 12, Little Rock, Ark., Alltel Arena
Jan. 17 - Birmingham, Ala., BJCC
Jan. 18 - Gwinnett, Ga., Gwinnett Arena
Jan. 19 - Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa Bay Arena)
Jan. 24 - Jacksonville, Fla., Veterans Memorial
Jan. 25 - Columbia, SC, Colonial Center
Jan. 26 - Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
Jan. 31 - Sacramento, Cal., ARCO Arena
Feb. 1 - Fresno, Cal., Save Mart Center at Fresno State
Feb. 2 - Las Vegas, Garden Arena
Feb. 15, Charleston, West., Charleston Civic Center
Feb. 16 -Philadelphia, Wachovia Center
Feb. 28 - Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
Feb. 29 - Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
March 1 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans
March 6 - Albuquerque, N.M., University Arena (The Pit)
March 7 - Lubbock, Texas, United Spirit Arena
March 28 - Oakland, Cal., Oracle Arena
March 29 - Los Angeles, Home Depot Center

Johns's second single, "He Hates Me," hits radio in January as well. "It's a song I wrote about chasing a guy who really wants nothing to do with you. Some of it is a real life experience for me, but not the part about having a restraining order taken out on me, or at least not that I know of."

CD reviews for Sarah Johns

Big Love in a Small Town CD review - Big Love in a Small Town
Sarah Johns cites Tammy Wynette as one of her primary influences. That's interesting, considering that she's more like a modern-day version of another country legend, Loretta Lynn. Johns is a Kentucky-born brunette who sings tough girl songs with a traditional flair. She had a hand in writing all 11 of the songs on her debut. The album has a heavy dose of fiddle and steel guitar, but it seems like Johns goes to extremes on the tracks. She's either singing a funny song, "The »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Tyminski goes dark Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Hillman bides his time Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
Staggered CD review - Staggered
East Nashville may be known as "the" Americana hotbed these days, but some of the talent there is very much verging on rock 'n roll. This is the case with Lynn Taylor & the BarFlies on their third release, a collection of personal tunes by the front man. »»»
American Folk soundtrack CD review - American Folk soundtrack
The soundtrack for the independent film, "American Folk," stars two real-life singer-songwriters played by Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth, who also contribute the bulk of the material on the soundtrack. Understanding the plot of the film helps explain both the sequence and content of the track list. »»»
Rifles and Rosary Beads CD review - Rifles and Rosary Beads
Mary Gauthier has built her career on honest, sometimes brutally and achingly self-confessional songs. This is the first time that she has focused on experiences other than her own, and it could become not only the strongest album of her career but, in its own way, a landmark album. »»»