Hot off the heels of his debut album, Dallas/Fort Worth, country breakout and Stoney Creek Records recording artist Drake Milligan is on the gas again, adding dates to an already slammed tour schedule – including his Grand Ole Opry debut. Set for October 5, his Opry debut marks another career milestone for the Billboard Emerging artist, as he aims to thrill from the moment his boot hits those historic floorboards.
Revealing eight new shows for his ongoing 2022 run, the Texas native was already on track to visit cities from coast to coast – with high profile stops like his first headline date at Billy Bob’s Texas thrilling a hometown crowd of nearly 6,000 fans last Friday (9/23).
Milligan will make additional stops in Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Texas, with his biggest moment yet – the Grand Ole Opry – kicking things off. More dates to be added soon.
“I couldn’t be more excited and honored about playing the Grand Ole Opry!” shares Milligan. “To have the opportunity to step in that circle that so many legends have shared will be a dream come true.”
The news arrives just as Milligan’s debut album smashed expectations on its September 15 arrival, with Dallas/Fort Worth hitting #1 on not just the iTunes Country Album Chart, but the ALL-GENRE iTunes Album Chart, as well as landing in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Albums Sales Chart.
Billboard has praised the record as “a steady mix of laid-back, ‘90s Strait inspired come-ons” and a “worthy debut from this newcomer,” while American Songwriter lauded the album “…hits on rockabilly riffs and classic honky tonk and older renderings that have been transported from bygone country days to the present, all punctuated by Milligan’s deep, baritone croon.” Milligan has also received early critical acclaim from People, Taste of Country, Parade, Country Now, Saving Country Music, Country Swag and Hollywood Life, to name a few.
That coincides with strong signals from country radio, who are predicting big things from Milligan’s rollicking “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” – the #2 most added single of the week when it dropped – and fans have the same idea. The action-packed “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” also landed at #1 on iTunes Country Songs Chart, as Milligan builds momentum into the fall.
Check out the full tour routing below, including his newly announced dates.
Drake Milligan Tour Dates:
Newly announced in bold
*on-sale Friday, 9/30
Oct 5, 2022 – Nashville, TN – The Grand Ole Opry
Oct 7, 2022 – Gretna, LA – Gretna Heritage Festival
Oct 8, 2022 – Sheridan, AR – Timberfest
Oct 13, 2022 – Bonham, TX – Powder Creek Pavilion
Oct 14, 2022 – Houston, TX – Armadillo Place
Oct 15, 2022 – San Angelo, TX – Bill Aylor Riverstage
Oct 20, 2022 – Memphis, TN – Lafayette’s
Oct 21, 2022 – Lexington, KY – Tin Roof
Oct 22, 2022 – Louisville, KY – Tin Roof
Oct 26, 2022 – North Augusta, GA – Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee @ Sharon Jones Amphitheater
Oct 27, 2022 – Chesapeake, VA – Eagles Nest Club
*Oct 28, 2022 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
Oct 29, 2022 – Richmond, VA – River City Roll
Nov 4, 2022 – Ladson, SC – Coastal Carolina Fair
*Nov 5, 2022 – Walhalla, SC – Walhalla Performing Arts Center
Nov 12, 2022 – Delray Beach, FL – Country On the Ave Music Festival
Nov 21, 2022 – San Antonio, TX – Marriott River Center Hotel
*Dec 31, 2022 – Royse City, TX – Southern Junction
Apr 28, 2023 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach
About Drake Milligan:
A Texas native with an old-school country flair matched only by his in-the-moment energy, Drake Milligan is an emerging artist signed to Stoney Creek Records, who recently wrapped a Top 3 run on Season 17 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Counting icons like Simon Cowell as full-fledged believers, Milligan spent much of 2022 turning heads and delivering high-stakes performances with all the poise of his honkytonk heroes – and also topping the iTunes charts. Hitting #1 on both the iTunes Country Albums chart and the All-Genre iTunes Albums chart with his Dallas/Fort Worth debut, Milligan also sent his first two singles – “Kiss Goodbye All Night” and “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” to the top of both the iTunes Country Songs and All-Genre iTunes Songs charts. “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” is now spinning at Country radio, and after thrilling fans on the West Coast this summer, Milligan returns to the road this fall, with a nationwide slate of headlining tour dates including his October 5 debut on the Grand Ole Opry.