Morgan Wallen Announces Country Thunder Takeover Tour Post-Scandal
The Voice alum Morgan Wallen announced his much anticipated Country Thunder Takeover Tour this week. The country singer revealed the dates for several headlining concerts featuring special guests Granger Smith, Larry Fleet, Jon Langston, and ERNEST. While it’s without a doubt that Wallen has caught himself in trouble recently, the tour seems to be an attempt to climb back from the scandal.
Morgan Wallen’s Country Thunder Takeover kicks off October 23 at the Auburn Rodeo in Auburn, AL, tickets are available now. Aside from Wallen, the show will headline Parker McCollum, Jon Langston, and Trey Lewis. He will also perform at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN on Oct. 30; Coosa Valley Fairgrounds in Roma, GA on Nov. 6; and The Grounds in Mobile, AL on Nov. 12.
Is the Country Singer Using Charity to Make Up for His Use of a Racial Slur?
Preceding the Fall tour announcement, Wallen appeared on stage for his first official show in quite some time. The concert raised over $725,000 for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. The sold out event took place at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works and was in support of the survivors of the recent flooding in Middle Tennessee.
The show was also referred to as Morgan Wallen & Friends, featuring a number of additional artists. Dierks Bentley, HARDY, Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson, Josh Thompson, ERNEST, Ben Burgess, Jared Mullins and Lathan Warlick all performed.
While is seems that Wallen is trying to use his platform for good, his efforts upon returning to the stage could just be an attempt to clear his name. Earlier this year, a video of the country singer using a racial slur leaked online. His use of the slur sparked major backlash among the community. He later suggested he was using it in a “playful manner.”
On July 30, Wallen popped up at a sold out Luke Bryan concert in Nashville. His first major appearance since using the slur. Fans were majorly disappointed at Bryan’s choice of guest star, which sparked further controversy surrounding Wallen.
In addition to his upcoming tour, the Tennessee native recently earned a nomination for CMA Album of the year for his sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album.
This nomination came despite being ineligible to receive nominations in individual CMA award categories including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.