For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aaron Lee Tasjan has announced a string of new tour dates. On Wednesday (Aug. 18), the singer-songwriter announced his Fall 2021 trek, which includes headlining dates as well as his engagements opening for Todd Snider.

Tasjan's tour schedule kicks off on Aug. 19 in Macon, Ga., and will continue through mid-November, ultimately wrapping with a performance in Lexington, Ky. Joining him on tour will be Nashville-based performer Tristen.

"I've been waiting for a year to be back out doing the thing I love the most," Tasjan marvels. "I can feel how much this moment means to me on a molecular level. People are experiencing such a wide range of feelings from moment to moment these days. Only live music can speak to such a complex palate of emotion in a way that makes us feel seen and lifts the weight of carrying heavy burdens."

Tasjan's upcoming shows will provide a live backdrop for the singer's latest album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, which he put out back in February. His fourth -- and, perhaps, most personal -- studio album to date, the project is an inward-facing reflection on queerness, self-acceptance and both personal and musical growth. Since its release, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! has caught the ears of both Americana-leaning fans and those in the pop-rock community, with the notable inclusion of Elton John, who invited Tasjan to join him in conversation about the album on a May 2021 episode of his Rocket Hour podcast.

Among Tasjan's listed tour dates is a two-night stand at the Americana Music Association's Honors & Awards in Nashville. He's booked to play as part of the event's all-star house band.

Aaron Lee Tasjan, Fall 2021 Tour Dates:

Aug. 19 -- Macon, Ga. @ Capitol Theatre*
Aug. 20 -- Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse*
Aug. 22 -- Hopewell, Va. @ The Beacon Theatre*
Aug. 23 -- Cleveland, Ohio @ Music Box*
Aug. 25 -- Cincinnati, Ohio @ Century Theater*
Aug. 26 -- Nelsonville, Ohio @ Stuart’s Opera House*
Aug. 27 -- State College, Pa. @ The State Theatre*
Aug. 28 -- Mckees Rocks, Pa. @ Roxian Theatre*
Aug. 29 -- Freehold, N.J. @ Concerts in the Studio
Aug. 30 -- New York City @ Gramercy Theatre*
Aug. 31 - Alexandria, Va. - The Birchmere*
Sept. 1 -- Winston-Salem, N.C. @ The Ramkat*
Sept. 3 -- Raleigh, N.C. @ Lincoln Theatre*
Sept. 4 -- Charlotte, N.C. @ McGlohon Theater*
Sept. 5 -- Charleston, S.C. @ The Charleston Music Hall*
Sept. 10 -- Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Outpost
Sept. 18 -- Granville, Ohio @ Ohiolina Music Festival
Sept. 21-22 -- Nashville, Tenn. @ Americana Music Association Honors & Awards
Oct. 9 -- Raleigh, N.C. @ Artsplosure Festival
Nov. 4 -- Asheville, N.C. @ Grey Eagle+
Nov. 7 -- Baltimore, Md. @ Club 603
Nov. 10 -- Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall+
Nov. 16 -- Chicago, Ill. @ Schubas Tavern+
Nov. 17 -- Columbus, Ohio @ Rumba+
Nov. 18 -- Lexington, Ky. @ The Burl+

* opening for Todd Snider
+ Tristen opening

5 Hottest Country Tours of Summer 2021

There’s a lot to consider when making a list of the hottest tours of summer 2021, including star power, opening acts, venues and set lists. Add to that concerns and cautions as the country begins to emerge from a pandemic and that no one has seen live music in 14 months. It’s quite likely you’re craving live music like a drug that’s just out of reach ... or you’re scared shirtless to surround yourself with 10,000 fans indoors. 

All the emotions about reengaging with the live country music community are valid. While at first it seemed September would be start-up month, several tours on this Hot List begin in July and August at outdoor venues across America. The No. 3 tour and No. 1 tour on our list are mostly indoors, but both are banking on increased safety that comes from a majority of the population having the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Once those lights go down, all of these worries will be carried away by the buzz in the air (and maybe, from your cup). Find five total professionals on this list of Hot Summer Tours, each bringing a total stage show, plus several in-demand opening acts with a proven track record of live entertainment at the highest level. There’s no fat on any of these country tours — if you stick to the tailgate through an opener’s set, you’ll truly be missing something special. 

As always, let us know who you can’t wait to see on tour in 2021 via Twitter or email

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