Kane Brown

By Ron Wynn

NASHVILLE, TN — Kane Brown became the genre’s second big name to announce plans for a fall tour last week. Brown will be appearing at 35 stops for what he calls the “Blessed & Free” tour. It begins Oct. 1 in Sacramento. Along the way, Brown will have shows at each of North America’s 29 NBA arenas (a 30-team league, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers share a home court).

Dates include the Staples Center in Los Angeles, American Airlines Center in Dallas and FedEx Forum in Memphis. The tour includes two inaugural headlining dates for Brown in New York City: Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Brown is the second arena-sized country singer to announce a return to touring since COVID-19 halted virtually all major concerts. Eric Church announced last Wednesday his 55-show “Gather Again” tour, also set to kick off this fall.

So far a Nashville date has not been announced for the tour. But local fans can see Brown on stage in Music City next week as part of the ACM Awards. Brown, who earned an ACM Awards Album of the Year nomination for his “Mixtape Vol. 1,” performs April 18 during the annual CBS broadcast (locally WTVF-5).

Brown has enjoyed such platinum-selling country hits as “Heaven,” “What Ifs,” and “Good As You.” His latest single “Famous Friends” is a collaboration with Chris Young.