January Born in a Barn

Born in a Barn
A look at the incredible country concerts headed our way in 2023

Words by Rob Nicholson

Northeast Florida has always been considered a hotbed for country music performers, not just for up-and-comers but also for musicians at the top of their game. And 2023 is taking it to a whole other level with performances by mega-stars like Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton, not to mention legends-in-the-making and two theatrical performances dedicated to one of the most influential country singers in history Patsy Cline.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s already on the concert schedule for the new year with plenty more to come. And keep your eyes on “Born in a Barn” for details on other upcoming country shows.


Jan. 6-8 and Jan. 17- Feb. 5
“A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”
Gail Bliss captures Cline’s heart and soul as she takes audiences on a trip through Cline’s short but impactful career.
Alhambra Theatre & Dining



Jan. 8

“Always … Patsy Cline”
Part theater, part concert, this live stage show focuses on Cline’s chance friendship with a Houston housewife and how it changed their lives forever.

Thrasher-Horne Center



Jan. 20 and Jan. 21

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Legendary guitarist Chet Atkins gave Skaggs credit for “single-handedly saving country music.” In the process, Skaggs, who’s also a bluegrass legend, sold millions of records, won countless awards (including 15 Grammys and the National Medal of Arts) and became inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall



Feb. 6

Carrie Underwood: Denim and Rhinestones Tour

From winning a national TV singing competition in 2005 to becoming one of the most successful country artists on the planet, not to mention, an actor, best-selling author, and entrepreneur, Underwood epitomizes an “American Idol.”

Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena



Feb. 24 and Feb. 26

Willie Nelson and Family

Talk about a living legend. Over his seven-decade career (!), Nelson has seen it all, won it all and done it all — and then some. And at 89, he’s still every bit the renegade troubadour (who just so happens to own two cannabis companies).

St. Augustine Amphitheatre



March 2

Blake Shelton: Back to the Honky Tonk Tour with Carly Pearce and Jackson Dean

Funny, charismatic and, obviously, talented, Shelton has been entertaining fans for decades with critics calling tour this one of his best yet.

Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena



March 3

Koe Wetzel with special guests Tyler Farr and Dylan Wheeler 

Don’t mess with Wetzel. The Texas-born singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer is primarily “labeled” as a country artist, but he is known for infusing his songs with rock and even grunge. And don’t forget the outlaw country.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre



March 9

Reba McEntire with Terri Clark and The Isaacs

What can we say about Reba that hasn’t already been said a million times. She’s fabulous! That and she’ll be in Jacksonville for one night only.

Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena



March 30-April 9

Clay County Agricultural Fair

Sprinkled amongst the rides, funnel cakes and pig races, fairgoers will find some of the hottest up-and-comers along with bonafide country legends. Performers include Tracy Lawrence, Brotherly Love, Cooper Alan, Cumberland Band, Chris Janson, Lily Rose, Ashley McBryde, Niko Moon and Shane Profitt.

Clay County Fairgrounds, Green Cove Springs



April 14

Kenny Chesney: “I Go Back Tour” with Kelsea Ballerini

Daily’s Place



April 16 

Clint Black

Florida Theatre



May 4

Morgan Wallen: One Night at a Time Tour

Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena



May 5

Old Dominion: No Bad Vibes Tour

Daily’s Place



June 2 and June 3

Kane Brown: Drunk and Dreaming Tour with Gabby Barrett

St. Augustine Amphitheatre



June 9

Walker Hayes

Daily’s Place



June 29

Parker McCollum

St. Augustine Amphitheatre



And check out FREE country concerts every month at Colonial Music Park. This month’s shows include Dean Winter and The Heat; Jan. 5: Rio Grande, Jan. 12; and  The Cumberland Band, Jan. 27.

Colonial Oak Music Park, St. Augustine



About Rob Nicholson

Rob started his media career in the late 80’s working in the Press Office at the Georgia House of Representatives. From there, Rob segued in to Radio at The Voice of Georgia State University, WRAS Album 88.5 in Atlanta. In the early 90’s Rob was picked up by the Radio 2000 Group and became Program Director and later Vice President of Programming USA. In the late 90’s, while running 3 music-driven radio stations in Springfield, Missouri, Rob had the opportunity to put together and launch, Southwest Missouri’s Regional Periodical, 417 Magazine. A publication that is still in circulation today. After selling his interests in Radio 2000 in the early 2000’s, Rob returned to his hometown of Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be near family. For 10 years he worked with the Clear Channel Radio Stations: Planet Radio and KISS-FM. In 2010, Rob took a hiatus from radio and went in to concert promotion and event planning, while also running the now 30 year old Beaches Hospitality Network – the organization that is well known for bringing the Superbowl, 2004 to the beaches area. When presented with the opportunity to work with Folio Weekly Magazine, Rob said, “there was no way I could resist an opportunity to work with the local, independent news magazine in the city I’m from. I can’t wait to get to work every morning”. Rob currently resides in North Jax Beach with his brother, Rich and dog, Tonka.