Charley Pride. Photo by Beth Gwinn
BY MATT ALPERT Wide Open Country
Charley Pride is hitting the road to celebrate his 50 years in the business. The country legend kicks off his 2016 tour on Sunday, April 30 in Albuquerque, N.M.
“I feel blessed that I’m still going strong after 50 years” said Pride. “I’ve always loved to sing for audiences, and that’s never going to change.”
The 82-year-old singer is one of the last great living country legends. He’s won three Grammy’s, several CMA Awards, and has notched 39 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Charts. In April, Pride received the esteemed Master Award at the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin, Texas. In the 1960’s, Pride toured the dancehalls and honky-tonks with Willie Nelson amid a racially charged climate. His performances paved the way for African Americans in country music.
Pride is one of three African Americans who have been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and he was the first African-American to perform at the storied venue.
Charley Pride, 2016 Tour Dates:
April 30 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Casino
May 27 — Gulfport, Miss. @ Beau Rivage
June 9 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Charley Pride Fan Club Breakfast
June 10-11 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Grand Ole Opry
July 9 — Arlington, Texas @ Arlington Music Hall
July 23 — Tunica, Miss. @ Gold Strike Casino Resort
Aug. 12 — Mahnomen, Minn. @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Sept. 24 — Wisconsin Dells, Wis. @ Crystal Grand Music Theatre
Oct. 12 — Edmonton, Alberta, Canada @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Oct. 13 — Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada @ Club Regent Casino & Event Centre
Oct. 15 — Orillia, Ontario, Canada @ Casino Rama
Nov. 18 — Wendover, Nev. @ Peppermill Concert Hall