Jo Dee Messina Celebrates New Release With ‘TODAY’ Show Performance

The performance was in support of her just-released greatest hits collection.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 14, 2023


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Jo Dee Messina; Photo Courtesy TODAY Show, NBCUniversal

Jo Dee Messina made her way to the Big Apple this week for a performance on NBC’s TODAY Third Hour. 

The country hitmaker performed her iconic debut hit, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” as well as a snippet of her version of “Lesson In Leavin’” as part of the Citi Music Series live from New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

Sporting cowboy boots and an all-black ensemble, Messina commanded the stage with the chart-topping hit alongside her band. 

Her performance was in support of her new record, Heads Carolina, Tails California: The Best of Jo Dee Messina. This is her first-ever greatest hits collection. 


The album features 11 of her timeless hits, including familiar favorites like: “Bye, Bye,” “I’m Alright,” “Lesson In Leavin,’” ”Heads Carolina, Tails California” and more. 

The release also marks Messina’s first-ever vinyl release on a limited-edition, 180-gram clear vinyl with wisps of color throughout. 

“It’s amazing to look at this list of songs and be able to capture those moments in time,” said Jo Dee Messina, adding, “to actually be able to hold my music on vinyl is such a gift!”

Heads Carolina, Tails California: The Best of Jo Dee Messina is available now.

Greatest Hits Collection

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Jo Dee Messina – The Best Of_Heads Carolina, Tails California

Messina is in the midst of a 45-plus date headlining tour. She launched the Heads Carolina, Tails California Tour with sold-out shows in North Carolina and South Carolina and will visit various cities around the U.S. through November where the tour will wrap in – you guessed it – California.

The tour is all an ode to Messina’s 1996 debut single, “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” This is the first time Messina has toured under her iconic hit’s name and she is furthering the nostalgic theme by embedding retro artwork from her original cover art for the tour’s promotion and limited-edition merchandise.

“It seems crazy that we’ve never toured under the ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California’ banner before. We are so excited to bring people songs that they know, stories we will share and, yes, new music!” Messina previously shared in a statement.

Jo Dee Messina Tour
Jo Dee Messina Tour

2023 is proving to be a busy year for Messina. In addition to touring, she is also working on new music and has plans to release it before the end of the year. 

See below for a full list of Jo Dee Messina’s upcoming tour dates. Tickets and further details about the tour can be found by visiting her official website

Upcoming Heads Carolina, Tails California Tour Dates


25 – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.


14 – Fort Worth, Texas

15 – Georgetown, Texas

28 – Wichita, Kan.

29 – Fort Smith, Ark.

Jo Dee Messina; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Jo Dee Messina; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA


13 – Kansas City, Kan. 

19 – Doswell, Va.

20 – Roanoke, Va. 


9 – Clinton, Iowa 

10 – Decatur, Ill. 

16 – Ashland, Neb. 

17 – Winsted, Minn.

23 – Raleigh – N.C.

24 – Virginia Beach, Va.

29 – Shipshewana, Ind.

30 – Central City, Iowa

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13 – West Salem, Wis.

14 – Chicago, Ill. 

15 – Pierz, Minn.

21 – LaGrange, Ga.

22 – Cullman, Ala. 

28 – Kearney, Neb.

29 – Mendon, Ill.


3 – Wausau, Wis.

4 – Detroit Lakes, Minn. 

11 – Atlantic City, N.J.

12 – West Chester, Ohio

19 – Calgary, Alberta


7 – Carterville, Ill.

9 – Savannah, Tenn.

14 – Spencer, Iowa

22 – Frederick, Md.

23 – Mount Vernon, Ky.

Jo Dee Messina; Photo by Andrew Wendowski 2
Jo Dee Messina; Photo by Andrew Wendowski


7 – Hiawassee, Ga.

19 – Greenville, S.C.

20 – Kissimmee, Fla.

21 – Charlotte, N.C.


3 – Lubbock, Texas

4 – Waco, Texas 

10 – Phoenix, Ariz. 

11 – Indio, Calif.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.