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Chesney taps opening act

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Caroline Jones will head on the road with Kenny Chesney, opening shows on his 2019 tour, It was announced Wednesday.

"I met Caroline at the Tryin' To Reason with Hurricane Season benefit Jimmy Buffett did last year, and she struck me as being so pure in her approach to the business and so pure in her intention as a songwriter," Chesney said. "I wanted to help someone willing to work outside the system, to give them the opportunity to be heard and seen. Caroline is so fresh, so filled with life and so consumed by her music, she seemed like the perfect person because of everything No Shoes Nation is about."

Jones learned banjo, harmonica and Dobro slide guitar by practicing and watching YouTube videos. Jones, who largely plays all the instruments on her projects, released "Bare Feet" out earlier this year on Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records.

Working in collaboration with producer Ric Wake, who's produced Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez.

"Kenny has shown genuine kindness and support to me and my vision for myself as an artist," Jones said. "He is a songwriter, and a person of integrity and philanthropy, in addition to being one of the greatest live entertainers out there. I am really honored to be a part of his tour and be introduced to No Shoes Nation."

"Our tours have always been about bringing different kinds of music to No Shoes Nation," Chesney said. "We've taken Grace Potter out; Old Dominion who've gone on to do great things; Drummie Zeb from the Wailers came out and played with us; Uncle Kracker for a couple summers. It's about mixing things up, giving people all kinds of music. And this year with David Lee Murphy and Caroline Jones, we've got both ends of the spectrum, which I know No Shoes Nation is going to love."

Tour dates are:
Jan. 18 - The Loft at City Winery - New York, NY - Headline
Jan. 19 - The Red Room at Café 939 - Boston, MA - Headline
Jan. 20 - Mohegan Sun Wolf Den - Uncasville, CT - Headline
Jan. 30 - Alabama Theater - Birmingham, Alabama - Vince Gill
Jan. 31 - Murat Theatre at Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN - Vince Gill
Feb. 1 - Stifel Theatre - St. Louis - Vince Gill
Feb. 2 - Norton Center for the Arts' Newlin Hall - Danville, KY - Vince Gill
April 2 - KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY- Kenny Chesney
April 5 - State Farm Center - Champaign, IL - Kenny Chesney
April 6 - Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI - Kenny Chesney
April 12 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC - Kenny Chesney
April 13 - Daily's Place Amphitheater - Jacksonville, FL - Kenny Chesney
April 18-19 - The Anthem - Washington, D.C. - Kenny Chesney
April 25 - Volvo Car Stadium - Charleston, S.C. - Kenny Chesney
April 26 - Donald L. Tucker Civic Center - Tallahassee, FL - Kenny Chesney
April 27 - The Wharf Amphitheater - Orange Beach, AL - Kenny Chesney
May 2 - Mizzou Arena - Columbia, MO - Kenny Chesney
May 3 - INTRUST Bank Arena - Wichita, KS - Kenny Chesney
May 4 - Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City, OK - Kenny Chesney
May 9 - Times Union Center - Albany, NY - Kenny Chesney
May 10 - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Kenny Chesney
May 11 - Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena - Atlantic City, NJ - Kenny Chesney
May 16 - Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, IA - Kenny Chesney
May 17 - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center - Sioux Falls, SD - Kenny Chesney
May 18 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena - Kenny Chesney
May 24 - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - Tuscaloosa, AL - Kenny Chesney

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