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Fall 2014’s 20 Must-See Country Tours and Festivals

From Eric Church’s metal-country mashups to Brandi Carlile’s unplugged trek, a guide to this fall’s hottest tickets

Must-See Fall Country Tours

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood perform in Oklahoma

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Nobody on the road. Nobody on the beach. The summer is winding down in a series of BBQ bashes, pool closings and lingering Labor Day hangovers, and it's taking some of the year's best-attended tours with it. As one concert season dies, though, another is reborn. Behold: the rise of a music-packed autumn, filled with enough country tours and festivals to give the warmer months a run for their money. Bring on the falling leaves.

Brad Paisley

Singer/songwriter Brad Paisley performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America.'

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Brad Paisley’s Country Nation World Tour

Ongoing
Paisley didn't play any shows in April. Apart from that short spring break, the Twitter-happy guitar slinger has been been hitting the road every single month since January, playing 24-song sets during the evenings and tightening up the mixes for his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, during the afternoons (or, as he recently told Rolling Stone Country, during international flights on Air Force 1). After a handful of shows in Texas, North Carolina and Virginia, he'll round out the Country Nation World Tour with a few weeks in Canada.