Gas Prices Out A Hurtin' On Country Tours
June 5, 2008 at 7:52 AM (PT)
Gas prices are taking their toll on everyone and Country music stars are no different. The TENNESSEAN looks at how rising fuel prices affect the big tours like those of KENNY CHESNEY and TIM McGRAW, who travel with as many as 10 tour busses and 17 semi-trucks. CAPITOL/NASHVILLE's DIERKS BENTLEY said,
"It's bad, man. It's six grand to go to the pump with two buses and four semis. And we do that two out of every three days."
The article also takes a look at the new and mid-level acts that don't have the funds of the big guys just yet. Many artists have resorted to flying from show to show, but that comes with it's own set of issues such as delays and the possibility of lost instruments and gear.
As gas prices climb higher, will these acts be forced to raise ticket prices or cancel tours altogether? Some feel that we will return to the days of the traveling festival shows like Caravan of the Stars, four or so acts playing with one band and sharing equipment. To read more of this article click here.