Fall Country Music Preview 2015: 25 Essential Albums and Events

From a presumed nail-biter at the CMA Music Awards to a rock icon's big country move, here's what we're most looking forward to in the coming months

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Randy Houser's 'We Went' Tour
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Randy Houser's 'We Went' Tour

Consider this the No Bro Tour. With the Elvis-cool Frankie Ballard and cowboy man's man Craig Campbell opening, Randy Houser's first-ever headlining arena trek — the We Went Tour — should be an example of everything that's right about today's country music. And much of that comes from Houser himself, who after sweating it out for the past few years in all-too-short opening slots for artists like Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan, finally gets the spotlight he deserves. Best of all, the Mississippi native has both the hits ("Runnin' Outta Moonlight") and a deep back catalog of show-stoppers (the haunting "Somewhere South of Memphis") to back it up. "This tour forces me and my band and my crew to grow. We put ourselves in a position to have to get better," Houser tells Rolling Stone Country. "We have to go out there and purely kick ass." Joseph Hudak

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