Country star Chesney returning to Target Field

Country star Chesney returning to Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the third time in four years, country star Kenny Chesney will play a concert at Target Field, the Twins announced Monday.

Chesney, who also hosted concerts at Target Field in 2012 and '13, will join fellow country musician Jason Aldean, as their two tours will merge for a show at Target Field on July 18. Ticket information and the complete artist lineup will be announced at a later date. But Twins season-ticket holders who renewed for the '15 season will have access to an exclusive presale before the general public.

It marks the fourth straight year the Twins have hosted a major concert at Target Field, as Chesney played with Tim McGraw in '12 and the Zac Brown Band in '13 before music legend Sir Paul McCartney played there in August of this year. The Twins have also hosted the Skyline Music Festival the past two years featuring acts such as Soul Asylum, Melissa Etheridge, O.A.R. and Gear Daddies.

Chesney and Aldean are playing 10 shows in 10 stadiums across the country with Chesney's "The Big Revival Tour" and Aldean's "The Burn it Down Tour" merging.

"The Big Revival" marked Chesney's 13th No. 1 country album debut.

"We've played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock," Chesney said in a statement. "There aren't a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I'm glad we're able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us."

Aldean's "Old Boots, New Dirt" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 Album charts earlier this month. He's the most downloaded male country artist in history and has twice been named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

"Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin' hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums," Aldean said a statement. "When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he's the guy I would call or text for advice. We have a real friendship. Don't get me wrong … that doesn't mean I'm going to make it easy to follow me every night … he's gonna have to work for it harder than he ever has before."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.