Friday, July 27
What does impress us much? Shania Twain. The Queen of Country Pop (you’re welcome, Taylor) came out of many years of retirement to release Now in 2017. If her recent TV appearances are any indication, the iconic Canadian country star is still the one.
Saturday, August 4
Mile High Stadium
Luke Bryan has been the leader of the “tailgates and tan lines” bro-country wave of the past decade, and can’t seem to record a song that’s not a hit. (Case in point: The lead single for sixth studio album What Makes You Country went to No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart.) For his latest stadium tour, Bryan is bringing along Sam Hunt, who is at the vanguard of a slightly different wave: bro-country that draws from the cadences of R&B and broader pop culture.
Friday, August 10
Chris Stapleton has been Nashville’s breakout star of recent years, representing a mash-up of soul and traditional outlaw country. Stapleton’s “All American Road Show” spent two nights at Red Rocks last summer, and the tour rolls on, this time stopping at Denver’s Pepsi Center. The bearded songwriter continues to collect awards and new collaborators, recently teaming up with Justin Timberlake for the single “Say Something.”
Sunday, August 12
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Brandi Carlile may not be played on country radio, but she remains one of today’s strongest storytellers and singular voices in acoustic-based music. Her new album, By the Way, I Forgive You, is her sixth, and was produced by Nashville heavyweight Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, who makes outlaw country music like his dad, Waylon.