Corey Kent Announces First-Ever Headlining Tour: ‘I’m So Excited’

The Black Bandana tour features dates across U.S. and U.K.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 17, 2024


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Corey Kent; Photo by Templin Hammack

Corey Kent spent over a decade paying his dues while bringing his music to stages across the U.S. in a van with his bandmates. Then last year, he started to see all the hard work and sleepless nights pay off when he notched a string of breakout achievements such as the release of his major label debut album, Blacktop. Now, he’s reaching yet another milestone with the announcement of his first-ever headlining tour.

The Black Bandana Tour is expected to bring Kent’s signature style and unique Rock ‘N’ Roll/country blended sound to over 25 cities across the U.S. and U.K. He will kick things off in Paso Robles, California on Sept. 21 and continue with stops in Bakersfield, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Dublin, London and more into early 2025.

Kent will be joined by Braxton Keith, Kaitlin Butts, Max McNown, Karley Scott Collins, and Lauren Watkins on select dates.

Corey Kent Black Bandana Tour
Corey Kent Black Bandana Tour

Reflecting On Early Touring Days

The “Wild As Her” singer took a moment to reflect on his early days of touring, and all the trials and tribulations he endured while building up his dreams on the road and gaining a slew of fans along the way.

“It all started with a bunch of Oklahoma boys piling into a red van called ‘Rooster’ and taking any gig we could get. We believed our live show would speak for itself, and we’d hustle to the merch table after our set to sling t-shirts in hopes of making enough to fill up the van to get to the next show. All those sleepless nights in the van, all the opening slots, all the miles, all the shirt slinging, all the blood, the sweat and the tears PAY OFF TODAY!” Kent reflects. “Today, I’m stoked to announce our first ever headline tour starting here in the USA and then hopping across the pond! Time to make some memories.”

Corey Kent; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Corey Kent; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The Inspiration Behind The Tour’s Name

Also a dad of three, the Sony Music Nashville artist is constantly working towards finding that balance between work and his personal life, but no matter what obstacles are thrown his way, Kent has shown tremendous perseverance towards his dream. This proven dedication serves as the inspiration behind the name of his upcoming tour. 

“For us, the black bandana has been what we’ve picked up in times when everyone thought we should wave a white flag to surrender,” Corey Kent explains. “I’ve spent a lot of years raising my black bandana high and letting ’em know that I wasn’t giving up that easy. I’m so excited to still be doing what I love and can’t wait to get on the road this fall and see all those black bandanas waving back at me.”

Artist presale begins Tuesday, June 18, at 10 am local time through Thursday (June 20) at 10 pm local time. Spotify presale begins Thursday, June 20 at 10 am local time through Thursday (June 20) at 10 pm local time.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 21, at 10 am local time at

Black Bandana Tour Dates:

+Sept. 21 – Paso Robles, CA  – BarrelHouse Brewing Co. – Brewery and Beer Gardens
*Sept. 22 – Long Beach, CA  – Boots In The Park
^Sept. 26 – Reedley, CA – The Wakehouse
^Sept. 27 – Bakersfield, CA – Buck Owens Crystal Palace
*Sept. 28 – Tempe, AZ – Boots In The Park
<Oct. 3 – Hays, KS – Fox Theatre
Oct. 4 – Durant, OK  – Choctaw Grand Theater (with Pat Green)
* Oct. 5 – Burkburnett, TX  – Friendship Festival
# Oct. 10 – Little Rock, AR – Little Rock Hall
*Oct. 11 – Bellville, TX – Austin County Fair
# Oct. 12 – Terrell, TX – Silver Saloon
– Oct. 16 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
– Oct. 17 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
– Oct. 18 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den
– Oct. 19 –  Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
< Oct. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
< Oct. 25 – West Lafayette, IN – Neon Cactus
< Oct. 26 – Rootstown, OH – Dusty Armadillo
^Nov. 1 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
#Nov. 8 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion Ballroom
#Nov. 9 – Stillwater, OK – Tumbleweed Dance Hall
– Nov. 21 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
-Nov. 22 – Charlotte, NC – Coyote Joe’s
-Nov. 23 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

International Dates
Feb. 1, 2025  – Dublin, IE – The Academy (Green Room)
Feb. 2, 2025 – Belfast, NI – The Limelight 1
Feb. 4, 2025  – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 TV Studio
Feb. 7, 2025  – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 2
Feb. 8, 2025  – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 2
Feb. 9, 2025  – Bristol, UK – The Trinity Centre
Feb. 11, 2025 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
*Previously Announce Fair and Festival Dates
^Braxton Keith
< Kaitlin Butts
-Max McNown
+Karley Scott Collins
#Lauren Watkins

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.