Kenny Chesney officially started his ‘I Go Back Tour‘ on Thursday night, March 23, and the country music superstar wasted no time in delivering a show that exceeded all expectations — which included a surprise duet.
As the night went on, Chesney started to perform his 2014 hit single “Wild Child,” which was originally recorded as a duet with Grace Potter. As Chesney approached the chorus, Kelsea Ballerini made a grand entrance from backstage to join him.
Chesney announced back in 2022 that Ballerini would be joining him for his upcoming tour, which will last throughout the summer. During her 50-minute opening performance, Ballerini performed a set featuring several of her past singles such as “Hole in the Bottle,” “Heartfirst,” and a medley of “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” and “Yeah Boy,” along with other fan favorites. Fans also recorded Ballerini performing songs from her Subject to Change album and her most recent EP, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat.
Naturally, Ballerini made sure to perform her award-winning 2021 duet, “Half of My Hometown,” with Chesney before leaving the stage. Together, the two Tennessee natives sang the popular song, which hits home for both artists as the song romanticizes their experience of leaving their shared hometown of Knoxville, TN to make it big in the country music industry.
Kenny Chesney I Go Back Tour: March 30: Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena April 1: Oklahoma City, OK @ Paycom Center April 6: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena April 8: Wilkes-Barre Township, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza April 12: Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at the BJCC April 14: Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place Amphitheater April 16: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Tortuga* April 25: Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena April 27: Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena April 29: Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum May 4: Moline, IL @ Vibrant Arena at The Mark May 6: Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena May 9: Grand Forks, ND @ The Alerus Center May 11: Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center May 13: Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena May 18: Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum May 20: Evansville, IN @ Ford Center May 25: Charleston, SC @ Credit One Stadium May 27: Orange Beach, AL@ The Wharf July 22: Des Moines, IA @ Hy-Vee Indy Race* *previously announced