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Willi Carlisle Announces Triumphant Headlining Tour


Folks have been raving over the whimsical folk country songwriting found on Willi Carlisle’s recent album Peculiar, Missouri, and appropriately so. There’s a reason it was named one of Saving Country Music’s Most Essential Albums in 2022, along with his song “Tulsa’s Last Magician” being nominated for Song of the Year.

Despite all of those accolades and many more—and not to diminish any of Willi’s studio work whatsoever—folks who’ve seen him perform live will attest that in the flesh is where the magic of Willi Carlisle really shines. His knack for storytelling, showmanship, and holding an audience in his hands whether it’s a silly tale or a seriously sentimental tear-jerkier is second to none.

This is why you should pay close attention to Willi’s recently announced tour dates. These will be many of his first big dates as a headliner, and after having found a higher level of attention through the new album. He’s also been finding a new following from opening shows recently for Sierra Ferrell, American Aquarium, and others.

“From my first days of playing nursing homes and coffee shops, singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ to children and old folks, to headlining these honky-tonks and venues, we’ve been building a community of folksongs for just about a decade,” says Carlisle. “If you don’t know, these shows are full of good-will, sing-alongs, tear-jerkers, and some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. If your version of ‘outlaw shit’ is having a couple drinks with your new friends and raising your voices together, I think these shows will be just rough-and-tumble enough for ya. I can’t wait to meet everyone.”

Speaking of Outlaws, Willie Carlisle is also nominated for the Ameripolitan Awards Best Outlaw Male for 2023. He will be performing at the Ameripolitan weekender right before the upcoming tour commences. Willi’s definitely one of those artists you want to see in smaller venues for cheaper tickets while you can.


Willi Carlisle Spring 2023 Tour Dates:

2.21 COLUMBIA, MO – ROSE MUSIC HALL
2.22 ST. LOUIS, MO  – OFF BROADWAY
2.23 NEWPORT, KY – THE SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL – SANCTUARY
2.24 INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DUKE’S INDY
2.25 COLUMBUS, OH – RUMBA CAFE
2.27 CLEVELAND, OH – BEACHLAND BALLROOM & TAVERN
2.28 PITTSBURGH, PA – CLUB CAFE
3.1 ROCHESTER, NY – WATER STREET MUSIC HALL
3.2 MANCHESTER, VT – BILLSVILLE HOUSE CONCERT
3.4 NORTHAMPTON, MA – BACK PORCH MUSIC FESTIVAL
3.7 EXETER, NH – THE WOOD BARN 
3.8 BROOKLYN, NY – SKINNY DENNIS
3.9 PHILADELPHIA, PA – MILKBOY
3.10 BALTIMORE, MD – THE 8X10
3.11 MORGANTOWN, WV – 123 PLEASANT STREET
3.12 DURHAM, NC – THE PINHOOK 
3.13 ASHEVILLE, NC – THE GREY EAGLE
3.15 CHATTANOOGA, TN – CHERRY STREET TAVERN
3.16 KNOXVILLE, TN – BARLEY’S TAP ROOM
3.17 LEXINGTON, KY – THE BURL
3.18 NASHVILLE, TN – THE BASEMENT
3.21 CHICAGO, IL – SLEEPING VILLAGE
3.22 MILWAUKEE, WI – SHANK HALL
3.23 WISCONSIN DELLS, WI – SHOWBOAT SALOON
3.24 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – 7TH ST ENTRY
3.25 DES MOINES, IA – XBK
3.26 DAVENPORT, IA – THE RACCOON MOTEL 
3.28 OMAHA, NE – REVERB LOUNGE
4.7 TULSA, OK – PHILBROOK MUSEUM
4.8 LITTLE ROCK, AR STICKYZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK
4.9 MEMPHIS, TN – CROSSTOWN ARTS
4.11 OXFORD, MS – PROUD LARRY’S
4.12 BIRMINGHAM, AL – SATURN
4.13 ATHENS, GA w/ Sierra Ferrell -GEORGIA THEATRE
4.14 ATLANTA, GA w/ Sierra Ferrell – VARIETY PLAYHOUSE
4.16 KANSAS CITY, MO – KNUCKLEHEADS
4.19 FORT COLLINS, CO – THE COAST
4.21 SALT LAKE CITY, UT w/ Sierra Ferrell
– THE DEPOT
4.22 DENVER, CO – GLOBE HALL
4.23 TRINIDAD, CO – TRINIDAD LOUNGE
4.24 SANTA FE, NM w/ Sierra Ferrell – LENSIC PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
4.26 FORT WORTH, TX – THE POST
4.27 AUSTIN, TX – PARAMOUNT
4.28 SAN ANTONIO, TX – PAPER TIGER
4.29 HOUSTON, TX – MUCKY DUCK



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