Dierks Bentley | Miranda Lambert Now-Sept. 7- 28 to 52 dollars The Locked and Reloaded Tour might not have been the cutest name to choose at this point in our country's history, but they're stuck with it. Smart pairings and pricing like this is what sets country apart from other genres and gives artists fans for life. This will be big.
Major concert tours-Bruno Mars March 7-Nov. 15- 40 to 127 dollars Mars has decided it's his breakout year with a worldwide tour hitting bigger venues than ever, mostly arenas in the U.S. It helps having Fitz and the Tantrums and Ellie Goulding to share the load.
Brad Paisley-May 9-July 20_30-185 dollars The new album "Wheelhouse" comes out on April 9, and Paisley hits the road a month later. Like Urban, he's another white-hot guitarist who should play more, but his infectious smart-ass personality brings a lot of fun to the show. He's worth the big-ticket price.
Alabama Shakes-March 1-Aug. 18 38 to 44 dollars_The band continues to knock down fans. The club dates are sold out and the bigger venues are filling up. Promoters expect the band to become one of the top headliners of 2014. Again, the only thing that could hurt Brittany Howard and company is being everywhere all the time. Pace yourselves!
Imagine Dragons_Now-May 9_20 dollars _With "It's Time" and "Demons" getting the buzz treatment (along with a great live presence), here's another band to keep an eye on (and they're being smart rather than greedy by pricing their tickets to bring in everyone). The spring of 2013 could be a real turning point for the Vegas band.
Zac Brown Band_Now-Aug. 3 42 to160 dollars Years of loyalty to its fans have paid off, as last year's tour and this year's are becoming the type of events that country fans plan their summer around. Brown might be about to graduate to Dave Matthews levels for rabid fans.
Fleetwood Mac-April 4-Oct. 25-49 to 149 dollars After a three-year layoff, even promoters are pleasantly surprised that the band is selling big numbers even in the smaller markets. With a couple of new songs due, and a deep catalog, this is a welcome return. Christine McVie isn't on the tour but has been hanging out with Mick Fleetwood, raising hopes for a couple of one-offs.
Luke Bryan Now-Aug.3 -25-50 bucks Country music's breakout artist of 2013, Bryan has been building a fan base and is relentlessly touring and building a reputation for himself. This may be another case where you want to catch a show for bragging rights before he becomes huge.