Christian pop duo for King & Country comes back to Tampa’s Amalie Arena this fall

The band hasn't played a Bay area show since 2019.

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Australian-born Christian pop duo for King & Country is bringing its “Relate” tour to Tampa’s Amalie Arena this fall.

Tickets to see for King & Country play Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, Oct. 16. are on sale right now and start at a whopping $25.

Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone have had a crazy year after watching their latest proper studio album, 2018’s Burn The Ships go gold and debut at no. 7 on the Billboard 200. COVID-19 hit soon after that, but not before the band snuck in a 2019 set at Amalie.

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Nonetheless, the boys were not going to allow a pandemic to step in their way. They did a tour of drive-in theaters last fall, and a new Grammy was added to the band’s resume, upon recruiting Dolly Parton herself to guest-sing on a re-recorded version of their hit, “God Only Knows.” (No, not the Beach Boys song. Calm down.) Luke had vocal cord surgery a few months ago, too, but he must have healed up nicely, as there are still no plans to slow down.

By the way, this agnostic, Jew-at-heart writer does appreciate Joel and Luke’s joint ability to write melodies that don’t sound over-manufactured—as well as being able to pen out lyrics that do not always resemble the main message being spread through Christian music.

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Josh Bradley

Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.
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