A triage of Midwest cities are getting the deluxe package when Jason Aldean brings his "Burn It Down" tour to town. The country performer and Miranda Lambert "made official" (via Twitter) an agreement for the latter to open at Aldean's shows in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland. As well as participate in a wiffle ball game.
The conversation began with Aldean sending a tweet aimed at no one in particular into the social media universe, looking for "another player" for the "wiffle ball games in the ballparks this summer." Lambert playfully responded, Aldean invited her to "play a few songs," and through some process that we hope is more in-depth than a Twitter handshake, Lambert became an honorary opener.
If Aldean didn't already have the most loaded tour in country music for the summer, this just about seals the deal. Aldean-whose last five albums have all gone platinum-is already being joined for the length of the tour by Florida Georgia Line, whose single "Cruise" was the bestselling country single of 2013, as well as Tyler Farr.
Lambert might not beat Aldean for a headlining role in concert, but she's not doing too badly for herself either. She and Tim McGraw received the most nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, with seven, and her most recent album-Four The Record-is teetering on the border of the platinum-status line. Although country fans in the three aforementioned cities will be thrilled to see Lambert on tour, surely there's some speculation when Lambert's new record will drop, and if a tour of her own will follow. The performer announced the first single, titled "Automatic," from the yet-untitled album would be released on January 31.