WATCH: Jordan Davis Dishes on CMA Award Nods and 2024 Tour On The ‘Pupdate’
Davis was swarmed by puppies while chatting with Country Now.
Jordan Davis; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
The Country Now Pupdate is back with Jordan Davis!
While sitting down to share some career and life updates, the country superstar was immediately ambushed by a slew of tail wagging from a few furry friends of Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue. Already a dog owner himself to a Goldendoodle and Cavapoo, Davis was all smiles as he welcomed the puppy love with open arms.
“The Goldendoodle, he’s my guy. His name’s Louis, dumb as rocks, but sweet as can be. And then the Cavapoo is Virginia. She’s my wife’s dog and that’s all I’m going to say about that,” he joked of his family dogs.
In between wrangling the three adorable puppies during his visit to the Country Now studio in Nashville, TN, Davis also took the time to chat about his latest set of CMA Award nominations, sending a new single to country radio, his just-announced headlining tour and more.
Three CMA Awards Nominations
Last month, when the news dropped from CMA, revealing this year’s nominees, Davis’ name appeared in the categories for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year with “Next Thing You Know.” He explained that on the morning the nominees were revealed, he was enjoying a snooze in the back of his tour bus when he was suddenly woken up by a friend who couldn’t wait to share in all the excitement with him.
“I was shocked, especially after last year with the success of ‘Buy Dirt’ at the CMA’s, to kind of turn around and get another Song of the Year nomination,” he pointed out. “But also too, that’s the most I’ve ever been nominated for anything, with three nominations. So I have it on video, unfortunately, I say some words that I don’t want my mom to hear and I’m also half asleep, so I kind of wish I was a little more awake for that one.”
In 2022, he took home the win in this category with his fan-favorite hit, “Buy Dirt,” which has also earned him two other nominations at this particular award show.
“As a songwriter, there’s no greater award than that one. And I even still kind of look back at some of the artists and songs that have won that category before and to even see ‘Buy Dirt’ in there is crazy. Then you add onto it being there with my brother and Matt and Josh who are two of my best friends. But yeah, I think every songwriter, that’s the Mount Everest, and I love the storytelling aspect of country music so much. So to be nominated for that category again, truly it’s awesome,” he shared humbly.
“Tucson Too Late” Climbing The Charts
His latest tune to capture the hearts of fans is “Tucson Too Late,” which was sent to country radio earlier this year as another single off his Bluebird Days album. The tune was penned by Davis and his brother Jacob Davis alongside frequent collaborators, Josh and Matt Jenkins.
While trying to avoid the wrath of sharp puppy teeth, Davis opened up about the writing process behind this song and revealed which classic tune sparked the inspiration for the storyline.
“’Tucson’ was one of those songs that, I’ve never really done that kind of narrative of where I just make a story up and kind of get to be the storyteller of it. And the song that really inspired that was Keith Whitley’s ‘Miami, My Amy,’ one of probably my favorite Whitley songs. That was kind of the basis of where ‘Tucson’ started.”
Davis’ version follows a similar narrative as Whitley’s as he embodies the emotions of a man who realized he may have let something (and someone) great slip through his fingers. His pain-stricken vocals let the lyrics take the lead while the tranquil instrumentals elevate the tune’s overall sentiment.
He added, “I definitely don’t sing it as well as Keith Whitley would have, but there’s definitely that influence on it.”
Touring with Luke Combs and Dierks Bentley
Throughout the summer, Davis has traveled from stage to stage showcasing songs like “Buy Dirt,” “Next Thing You Know” and “Tucson Too Late” during his headlining tour as well as opening slots with Luke Combs and Dierks Bentley.
“Touring with Luke, getting to watch that show every night, he obviously has so many hits, but he did a really great job of putting a spotlight on every song. I think for me, I’ve kind of either tried to rush through songs or not done a really good job of giving every song the spotlight it deserves and watching Luke do that was inspiring and kind of changed the way we approached each song. Made us think, it might not be our favorite song to play live, but it’s somebody’s favorite song and what they came to see that night. So give that song its moment.”
After breaking up a playful fight between the puppies, he continued reflecting on his time on the road with these country music superstars. “With Dierks, I mean, it’s a masterclass every night, getting to watch that guy perform. I don’t think there’s anybody in the business that is able to blend the personality of the entire band and him into the set. And Dierks does such a good job of showing the crowd his personality and having fun on stage. I’ve always told him…‘man, you never take anything too seriously,’ in the best way. And it’s almost like watching a comedy show sometime with Dierks mixed in with some of just amazing music.”
Plots His Biggest Headlining Tour To Date
Davis will return to the road with Combs in 2024 following the extended dates of his own sold-out Damn Good Time Tour, which he recently announced via social media. The news comes after Davis rapped sold-out shows in Philadelphia, New York City, and back-to-back dates in Boston.
Over the weekend, the multi-platinum singer/songwriter revealed that he has added several additional dates across the US, Canada, and the UK. Additionally, Davis will also play his first set of headlining shows in Europe and continue performing in his largest venues to date.
The “What My World Spins Around” singer announced the news with a hilarious social media clip. The video starts off with Davis reflecting on his latest run of successful shows before his ears perked up to the suggestion of doing it all over again in 2024 and having a “Damner Gooder Time.” Then Mitchell Tenpenny appears claiming he was from the future before Cooke joins in to add a bit of realism to the situation.
He shared this news with fans using a comical video that follows a similar approach to the initial announcement of the tour, which took place in the setting of a smokey garage and featured a slew of laugh tracks to coincide with the parody theme. However, this time, along with his band members, he was also joined by supporting acts Ashley Cooke and Mitchell Tenpenny.
“Guys, he’s not from the future,” she said, sparking confusion among the group before explaining, “I just got an email from my agent saying that the three of us are going on tour together.”
This prompted Davis and Tenpenny to recall getting the same email from their respective agents. The clip ends with the entire group dramatically making their way out of the garage and shotgunning a couple of beers as his upbeat tune, “Damn Good Time” plays in the background.
Davis will kick off the world tour on February 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark and continue with stops in several major markets including Amsterdam, London, and Belfast, before returning to tour the US and Canada starting in April.
When asked about his level of involvement in planning his headlining runs and designing the set, the Louisiana native shared that he is “absolutely” a part of the decision-making alongside his team.
“I think we all as a team sit down and try to see, how do we aesthetically bring this music to the stage. For the home state section where we go back and play a lot of my first album songs, we have one of my just picturesque favorite bayou moments,” he shared as he explained the unique way in which he’s strived to incorporate snippets of his upbringing to his shows.
“My stage design feels like my grandfather’s fishing dock that I would want to leap in,” he continued. “So it is kind of just bringing those moments. I think it really kind of gives life to the songs and also brings a little bit of how I grew up and a little bit of Louisiana to wherever we’re at that night.”
Tickets will be available through his fan club, The Parish, on Wednesday, October 11 before general on-sale via Jordan Davis’ official website on Friday, October 13 at 10am local time.
For more with Davis, including his recent full-circle moment in Nashville, earning three CMA Award nominations, life at home with three young kids and more, click above to watch the Pupdate.
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Remaining Damn Good Time Tour Dates
|Thu Oct 19, 2023||Mesa, AZ||Mesa Ampitheatre|
|Fri Oct 20, 2023||Bakersfield,CA||Mechanics Bank Arena|
|Sat Oct 21, 2023||Las Vegas, NV||The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas|
Extended Damn Good Time Tour Dates
|Fri Feb 2, 2024||Copenhagen, Denmark||DR Studie 2|
|Sat Feb 3, 2024||Oslo, Norway||Rockefeller Music Hall|
|Sun Feb 4, 2024||Stolkhom, SE||Nalen|
|Tues Feb 6, 2024||Hamburg, HH, Germany||Gruenspn|
|Wed Feb 7, 2024||Berlin, DE||Columbia Theatre|
|Thurs Feb 8, 2024||Zurich, CH, Switzerland||Kaufleuten|
|Fri Feb 9, 2024||Cologne, Germany||Kantine|
|Sun Feb 11, 2024||Amsterdam, NL||Melkweg Max|
|Tues Feb 13, 2024||London, UK||Forum|
|Wed Feb 14, 2024||Cambridge, UK||Corn Exchange|
|Fri Feb 16, 2024||Birmingham, UK||O2 Institute Birmingham|
|Sat Feb 17, 2024||Bristol, UK||Academy|
|Sun Feb 18, 2024||Manchester, UK||Ritz|
|Tues Feb 20, 2024||Glasgow, UK||Academy|
|Wed Feb 21, 2024||Belfast, UK||Ulster Hall|
|Thurs April 11, 2024||Moline, IL||Vibrant Arena|
|Fri April 12, 2024||Minneapolis, MN||The Armory|
|Thurs April 18, 2024||Saginaw, MI||Dow Event Center Arena|
|Fri April 19, 2024||Youngstown, OH||The Covelli Centre|
|Thurs April 25, 2024||Allentown, PA||PPL Center|
|Fri April 26, 2024||Albany, NY||MVP Arena|
|Thurs May 2, 2024||Charlotte, NC||Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre|
|Fri May 3, 2024||Wilmington, NC||Live Oak Bank Pavilion at Riverfront Park|
|Fri May 31, 2024||San Diego, CA||Gallagher Square at Petco Park|
|Thurs June 6, 2024||Missoula, MT||University of Montana – Adams Center|
|Fri June 7, 2024||Nampa, ID||Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre|
|Fri June 14, 2024||Tahoe, NM||Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheatre|
|Thurs June 20, 2024||Bend, OR||Hayden Homes Amphitheater|
|Fri June 21, 2024||Seattle, WA||Chateau Ste. Michelle|
|Sat June 22, 2024||Airway Heights, WA||Northern Quest Amphitheater|
|Thurs July 18, 2024||Syracuse, NY||St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview|
|Fri July 19, 2024||Bridgeport, CT||Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater|
|Thurs July 25, 2024||Knoxville, TN||Knoxville Civic Coliseum|
|Fri July 26, 2024||Charleston, WV||Charleston Coliseum|
|Wed July 31, 2024||Indianapolis, IN||TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park|
|Thurs Aug 1, 2024||Grand Rapids, MI||Van Andel Arena|
|Fri, Aug 2, 2024||Toledo, OH||The Huntington Center|
|Thurs Aug 8, 2024||Springfield, MO||Great Southern Bank Arena|
|Fri Aug 9, 2024||Irving, TX||The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory|
|Fri Aug 16, 2024||Brandon, MS||Brandon Amphitheater|
|Fri Aug 17, 2024||Orange Beach, AL||The Wharf Amphitheater|
|Thurs Sept 5, 2024*||Boston, MA*||Leader Bank Pavilion|
|Fri Sept 6, 2024||Gilford, NH||BankNH Pavilion|
|Sat Sept 7, 2024||Bangor, ME||Maine Savings Amphitheater|
|Wed Oct 2, 2024||London, ON||Budweiser Gardens|
|Fri Oct 4, 2024||Toronto, ON||Coca Cola Coliseum|
|Sat Oct 5, 2024||Kingston, ON||Leon’s Centre|
|Sun Oct 6, 2024||Ottawa, ON||Canadian Tire Centre|
|Tues Oct 8, 2024||Laval, QC||Place Bell|
|Fri Oct 11, 2024||Moncton, NB||Avenir Centre|
|Sat Oct 12, 2024||Halifax, NS||Scotiabank Centre|
|Thurs Oct 17, 2024||Calgary, AB||Scotiabank Saddledome|
|Fri Oct 18, 2024||Edmonton, AB||Rogers Place|
|Sat Oct 19, 2024||Kelowna, BC||Prospera Place|
|Sun Oct 20, 2024||Abbottsford, BC||Abbotsford Centre|
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.