Four years ago Missouri native Chris Janson was on an outdoor stage opening for Florida Georgia Line at Augusta Riverfront Marina for the A Day in the Country music festival.
This weekend, he will be back in Augusta as the headliner of his own tour, which kicked off Sept. 8 in Anderson, S.C., and which last week made a stop at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga.
Janson, known for the hit single and Platinum-selling album Buy Me A Boat, and his band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $20, $25 and $29.
The name of “The Everybody Tour” comes from his new album simply called Everybody released Sept. 22, which contains his recent hit Fix A Drink.
It was the TV series Keeping Up With The Kardashians that inspired Janson to come up with the album’s title cut and the lines, “Everybody wants to be famous. Everybody wants to be a superstar.” He finished the song with co-writers Casey Beathard and Tom Douglas.
Janson, now 31, moved to Nashville, Tenn., at 19 after graduating from high school in the small town Perryville, Mo., where he was raised south of St. Louis off Interstate 55. He slept in his car for three weeks before getting a regular job singing four times a day, four hours each time, at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge nightclub.
His big break came when Tim McGraw recorded Truck Yeah that Janson co-wrote with Chris Lucas, Preston Brust and Danny Myrick.
More recently, Janson has toured Europe with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr., saw the release of his music video Better I Don’t and played harmonica on Lee Brice’s album Hard 2 Love.
His current tour will take him in February to the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, which happens to be located just behind Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge where he got his start.
Janson, who recently toured opening shows for Sam Hunt, is quoted on his web site chrisjanson.com as saying, “I’ve spent the year touring with some of the best country artists in the game, and every single show gets me more excited than the last. I’m ready to take it to the next level for my biggest fans with my own headlining dates on The Everybody Tour.”