LUKE BRYAN AND CMT ANNOUNCE DATES FOR “CMT ON TOUR” THIS FALL

08/01/11

“CMT ON TOUR: LUKE BRYAN TAILGATES & TANLINES” KICKS OFF SEPT. 15


NASHVILLE – (August 1, 2011) – Luke Bryan and CMT have just announced the dates for the upcoming 10th annual CMT ON TOUR with special guests Lee Brice and Josh Thompson and CMT’s Next Superstar winner Matt Mason. CMT ON TOUR: LUKE BRYAN TAILGATES & TANLINES is set to kick off September 15 in Huntington, West Virginia at Big Sandy Superstore Arena and will play 22 shows before wrapping on November 19 in Monroe, Louisiana, all in support of Bryan’s third studio album for Capitol Records Nashville, tailgates & tanlines, due in stores August 9. The first on sale date is scheduled for August 12. For additional tour and on sale details go to www.lukebryan.com or www.cmtontour.cmt.com.

CMT ON TOUR launched in 2002 and has featured superstars Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Keith Urban. CMT ON TOUR is produced by Lindsay Bertelli of Reach, LLC.

Bryan’s tailgates & tanlines CD is the follow up to his GOLD-certified album Doin’ My Thing, which produced three back-to-back #1 singles - “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” The lead single off the forth-coming project, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” is a current Top X and is quickly approaching 1 million downloads. Following his 2010 award-winning year, Bryan was recently nominated for two 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: BEST WEB VIDEO OF THE YEAR for his video “It’s A Shore Thing” and NATIONWIDE INSURANCE’S BEST NEW LIVE ACT. Bryan is currently on the Tim McGraw “Emotional Traffic Tour.”

Three-time ACM nominee Lee Brice released his debut album Love Like Crazy on Curb Records in June of 2010. The title track off of the album, "Love Like Crazy," reached the top five on the charts and was named Billboard’s #1 country song of 2010. It currently holds the record for the longest charting song in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The song was nominated for the 2011 CMT Music Awards’ USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year award. Brice is also known for his songwriting, penning hits for many great artists including Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. Brice recently wrapped up Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour and is now gearing up to hit the road this fall alongside Josh Thompson and Luke Bryan on the 2011 CMT On Tour. For a list of upcoming tour dates and the latest Lee Brice news, visit www.LeeBrice.com .

Columbia Nashville recording artist Josh Thompson stormed onto the country music scene with his debut album WAY OUT HERE – debuting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and earning praise from countless critics, including NPR’s Fresh Air, Billboard and PEOPLE. Thompson wrote or co-wrote all 10 tracks on the album including hits “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” “Way Out Here” and “Beer On The Table.” The blue-collar road warrior played over 240 shows last year ranging from headlining club dates to sold-out arenas with Brad Paisley. He is currently working on his sophomore album, due out next year. For additional Josh Thompson information go to www.joshthompsonofficial.com.


Date    City   St.   Venue
Thu 09-15-11   Huntington   WV   Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Fri 09-16-11   New York   NY   Terminal 5
Sat 09-17-11   Utica   NY   Utica Memorial Auditorium
Thu 09-22-11   Cedar Falls   IA   McLeod Center
Fri 09-23-11   Kearney   NE   Viaero Event Center
Sat 09-24-11   Brookings   SD   Swiftel Center
           
Thu 10-13-11   Johnson City   TN   Freedom Hall
Fri 10-14-11   Greensboro   NC   Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sat 10-15-11   Columbia   SC   Tin Roof
Thu 10-20-11   Bowling Green   KY   E.A. Diddle Arena
Fri 10-21-11   West Lafayette   IN   Elliott Hall of Music - Purdue
Sat 10-22-11   Troy   OH   Hobart Arena
Thu 10-27-11   Corbin   KY   The Arena
Fri 10-28-11   Salem   VA   Salem Civic Center
           
           
Thu 11-03-11   Moline   IL   i wireless center
Fri 11-04-11   Maplewood   MN   Myth
Sat 11-05-11   Bemidji   MN   Sanford Center
Thu 11-10-11   Green Bay   WI   Brown County Veterans Memorial
Fri 11-11-11   Muncie   IN   Emens Auditorium - Ball State
Thu 11-17-11   Southaven   MS   Desoto Civic Center
Fri 11-18-11   Auburn   AL   Auburn Arena
Sat 11-19-11   Monroe   LA   Monroe Civic Center


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