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Country stars LeAnn Rimes and Travis Tritt add to allure of PBR Finals in Fort Worth

Country stars LeAnn Rimes, Travis Tritt add to allure of PBR Finals

LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes is one of four country music stars playing at Will Rogers Auditorium as part of the PBR World Finals Concert Series, May 13-21. LeAnn Rimes/Facebook

The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals, which will take place in Fort Worth for the first time, has unveiled the big-name lineup for its PBR World Finals Concert Series at Will Rogers Auditorium. Stars include Grammy Award-winning artists Travis Tritt and LeAnn Rimes, as well as Fort Worth favorites Robert Earl Keen and Charley Crockett.

The concert series, which kicks off with Crockett on May 13, runs in tandem with the 2022 PBR World Finals, taking place at Dickies Arena, May 13-22. Crockett will be followed by Tritt on May 19, Rimes on May 20, and Keen on May 21. Tickets for each of the concerts go on sale Friday, March 18.

Tritt is arguably the most well-known of the group, as the Grammy Award winner has been churning out hits for over 30 years. Seven of Tritt’s albums have been certified platinum or higher, earning him more than 30 million in career album sales, while five of his songs have been No. 1 singles and 20 Top 10 hits. In 2021, Tritt released Set In Stone, his first new studio album in more than a decade.

Though only 39, Rimes has been a force in music for almost as long as Tritt, releasing her breakthrough album, Blue, in 1996 at the tender age of 14. She's gone on to win two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, two Country Music Association Awards, and more. Her version of "How Do I Live" holds the record as Billboard's Hot 100 all-time No. 1 hit by a female artist. She will release her next studio album, god's work, in later this year.

Keen, a legendary Texas songwriter and entertainer, will come town as part of his final tour, the culmination of a 41-year touring career. While a well-known name in Texas music circles, Keen has prided himself on staying out of the country mainstream since the beginning of his career, when he personally produced and financed his first album, No Kinda Dancer. He's known for his literate song craft, razor wit, and killer band.

At 37, Crockett isn't much younger than Rimes, but he's a relative newcomer, having released his first album in 2015. But he's been prolific in the past seven years, putting out 10 albums, including two in 2021 alone. Known for his cross-genre appeal, Crockett has a one-of-a-kind voice which lead some to call him neo-country and others a bluesman.

Tickets to all four concerts (starting at $35.95) can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.