'Touring is absolutely my favorite thing,' the country star says of fall plans
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Grammy-nominated country singer Chris Young has entered his fifth album cycle at a running start—his lead single “I’m Comin’ Over” is his fastest climbing tune ever and the anticipation for the collection which features Vince Gill and Cassadee Pope is building.

And now, EW is excited to announce Young’s I’m Comin’ Over Tour, which will kick off October 22 in Savannah, Georgia. The trek will run through the first week of December. “It’s my favorite thing,” the singer says of the grind. (That grind is certainly real. He’s currently staring down a list of dates in support of his last album, A.M., that end five days before the next run). “I get people needing to take breaks to make more music but hearing people sing your songs—that’ll never get old. I love being on the road. I like soundcheck and meeting fans—all of it.”

Naming the tour after the single and album isn’t just because he’s keeping details of the collection close to his chest—though he certainly is. Rather, it’s because of what that single represents in the evolution of his music. “I’m really proud of that song and sound, I think it’s a great bridge from where I’ve been over the past few albums and where I’m going—that’s why I wanted to name the whole project after it.” As for what fans can expect out of that change more specifically, he says, “It’s tough to describe without people hearing it but I think you hear a little bit more of the R&B stuff I used to listen to. And then there’s some changes in the production stuff and a little stylistic stuff.”

Joining him on the road is longtime friend and “Friday Night” singer Eric Paslay and relative newcomer Clare Dunn. “It’s definitely not how it has to be or how it always is, but it’s awesome that they’re both so laid-back and cool to have out on the road. Eric, I’ve known since before I had my deal. I love what he does and he’s got a ton of hits. And I’ve had Clare on tour with us before, she can really win a crowd.”

And while he hasn’t announced the date I’m Comin’ Over will land, he’ll be able to pull new songs to fill his set list. “It’s a welcome problem from when I was first out there and didn’t have any hits,” he says. “There have been plenty of shows where there are people on social media mad that they didn’t get to hear ‘their song’ but I can deal with that.”

As for what he’s most excited to add into the rotation, the Gill and Pope collaborations come up quickly. “I’ve always been a huge Vince Gill fan—that was the first concert I ever went to—and when I asked him if he would want to sing or play on it, he asked if I wanted to come over and do it in his studio and I was like, ‘Yes I do!’ [laughs] So we get over there and after he sang a bunch of harmonies he asked if I wanted him to play guitar—he thought maybe our styles didn’t match up, and I just remember turning to the right and seeing his wall of Grammys and going, ‘Yes, I want you to play.’ And he killed it.”

He beams equally about Pope. “She’s a phenomenal singer,” he says. “She made me step up my game. I wanted to do a duet on this record but Carrie and Miranda had just done one and there really aren’t that many females in the format. So I was looking around and people were giving us names and I went out and saw this show she was playing, and I’d heard she was a great singer, and I was like, ‘Good lord!’ And then she said yes, which was awesome. She came in the studio, she sang it three times and could have stopped with two. She’s that good.”

A full list of dates and tour artwork are below. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 14 and will be available on AEG‘s and Chris Young‘s websites.

Oct 22: Civic Center, Savannah, GA

Oct. 23: Verizon Amphitheater, Alpharetta, GA

Oct. 24: S&S Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN

Oct. 29: Santander Arena, Reading, PA

Oct. 30: Erie Arena, Erie, PA

Oct. 31: Big Sandy Arena, Huntington, WV

Nov. 13: Emens Auditorium, Muncie, IN

Nov. 14: Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI

Nov. 19: First Bank Center, Broomfield, CO

Nov. 20: MetraPark Arena, Billings, MT

Nov. 21: Civic Center Arena, Bismarck, ND

Dec. 3: AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, MN

Dec. 4: Civic Center Arena, Rochester, MN

Dec. 5: Resch Center, Green Bay, WI