"We are trying to bring a festival style tour with 21 artists, at a reasonable and fair ticket price (average ticket cost $31), but because most markets are currently flooded with shows, we end up cannibalizing one another and someone ends up with lower ticket sales," Lyman said in a statement.
The traveling country festival is produced by Warped Tour promoters 4fini Productions. Acts on the tour, which runs through June, include Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson and Eric Church.
The canceled dates are Houston (June 9), Dallas (June 10), San Diego (June 17) and Phoenix (June 18). The Bakersfield, Calif., date has moved two days forward to June 18.
Tickets from the canceled shows will be honored at all other Throwdown tour dates, except Bakersfield, according to a statement. Refunds are also available at the point of purchase.
Lyman says Country Throwdown, which is debuting this year, will return to the canceled markets next year.
Here's video of Lyman discussing the cancellations on YouTube.