Singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini has announced plans to embark on her first headlining tour, which she accidentally teased at the start of July. Launching in fall, The First Time tour encompasses 11 dates so far with more to be announced soon.
The tour, named for Ballerini’s 2015 debut album The First Time, will kick off October 21st in Houston and wrap up in December with a two-night stand with Cam in Las Vegas. Along the way, she’ll hit theaters in Atlanta and Knoxville, as well as New York City’s Irving Plaza. Supporting artists will vary from show to show, but will include Carly Pearce, Morgan Evans, Levi Hummon and Jacob Davis. Ballerini is also currently supporting Rascal Flatts on their headlining tour dates through September.
In June 2015, Ballerini became the first woman in nearly a decade to have her debut single hit Number One as “Love Me Like You Mean It” scaled Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. She followed that with the top 10 hit “Dibs” and is currently back inside the top 10 with the moody “Peter Pan.” Fans and critics immediately began comparing her to Taylor Swift for her pop-influenced, cleverly-written songs about love.
“If there’s anyone’s career who I’d like to have a sliver of similarity to, it would be hers,” Ballerini told Rolling Stone Country in 2015. “So I’m glad for the comparisons. The way she puts songwriting and her fans at the forefront, instead of letting everything else fall where it’s supposed to fall, that’s always something I’ve really respected about her.”
Here are dates so far on Kelsea Ballerini’s The First Time tour:
October 21 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
October 22 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
November 11 – Knoxville, TN @ TN Theatre
November 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
November 18 – Mahnomen, MN @ Shooting Star Casino
November 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
December 2 – New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza
December 3 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
December 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
December 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Orleans Casino (w/ Cam)
December 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Orleans Casino (w/ Cam)