MICHAEL RAY HEADLINES “CMT ON TOUR” WITH SPECIAL GUESTS JIMMIE ALLEN AND WALKER COUNTY
“CMT on Tour Presents: Michael Ray’s Nineteen Tour” on sale Friday at 10:00 am CT – details at CMT.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - August 20, 2019 - CMT announced today Warner Music Nashville’s Michael Ray will headline the 18th annual “CMT On Tour,” featuring CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year nominee and BBR Music Group’s Jimmie Allen, and up-and-coming sister duo, Warner Music Nashville’s Walker County. The tour kicks off on Thursday, October 17 in Greensboro, NC; tickets go on sale this Friday, August 23 at 10 am CT via CMT.com.
In addition to CMT On Tour, Ray is currently headlining his own 29-date national tour, along with recent well-received festival performances in the UK and Australia. He recently wrapped filming of his music video for the song, “Her World Or Mine,” the latest single off of his current album, Amos. It’s the third single from his 11-song 2018 album and follows his third No. 1, “One That Got Away.”
“Michael Ray is a proven road warrior who has developed an undeniable connection with his fans, and we’re thrilled to welcome him as headliner for this year’s tour,” said Leslie Fram, SVP, Music and Talent, CMT. “Joining the line-up are two very exciting acts: Jimmie Allen, who is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in country music, and Walker County, a young duo who promises to be one of our next strong female artists. We look forward to a fantastic tour!”
Michael Ray states: “I’m so honored to be headlining CMT On Tour with Jimmie and Walker County. I’ve noticed that after the CMT tour, you can see the trajectory of the year ahead, and many of the artists who have participated in the past end up having one of the best years of their careers. I think CMT has a great way of putting a package together that really sets up artists for the next chapter.”
Created in 2002, “CMT on Tour” has a history of propelling rising artists towards headliner status. Past tour participants include such acts as: Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Brett Young, Jon Pardi, Brett Eldredge, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Jake Owen and Kip Moore.
“CMT On Tour Presents: Michael Ray’s Nineteen Tour” dates* are as follows:
Thu 10/17/2019 Greensboro, NC Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Fri 10/18/2019 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Fri 11/1/2019 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
Sat 11/2/2019 Fort Wayne, IN The Clyde Theatre
Fri 11/22/2019 Lexington, KY Tipsy Cow Bar
Sat 11/23/2019 Macon, GA The Crazy Bull
Thu 12/5/2019 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Fri 12/6/2019 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 12/7/2019 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert
*Additional cities to be announced at a later date.
About Michael Ray
Country singer-songwriter Michael Ray was a hit right out of the box, scoring both with critics and on the charts. With Country Aircheck boasting there are "big things on the horizon for Michael Ray" and his live shows lauded by USA Today as simply "lip-smacking good," the Florida native backed up that praise with two number ones from his 2015 self-titled debut album with "Kiss You in the Morning" and "Think a Little Less." His sophomore album, Amos, which debuted in the Top 3 on the Billboard Country Charts upon release has already spawned the hit "Get to You" and third No. 1, "One That Got Away," which All Access declared "an undeniable crowd pleaser." His latest single “Her World Or Mine” is available now and be sure to see him perform it live on Brantley Gilbert's “Not Like Us Tour” or his own “Nineteen Tour” now through the end of the year. Learn more about Ray at MichaelRayMusic.com or follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/MusicMichaelRay, Instagram @MichaelRayMusic and Twitter @MichaelRayMusic.
About Jimmie Allen
Signed to BBR Music Group’s Stoney Creek Records, Jimmie Allen’s debut single “Best Shot” is a certified hit, claiming the No. 1 spot for three weeks, making history as the first time a black artist has launched a career with a No. 1 hit with their debut single on country radio. On the heels of that success, Allen has released his second single, “Make Me Want To” off his debut album Mercury Lane released fall 2018. Named in tribute to the street he grew up on and the origin of his incredible journey, Mercury Lane features a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B and pop that draws upon the influence of his family and small-town upbringing of the critically-acclaimed rising star. Rolling Stone raved Allen’s debut “challenges the narrowly defined model of what constitutes a next big thing in country music in 2018” and The New York Times dubbed it one of 2018’s strongest, calling it “a conventional country album, filled with songs about the small details.”
He is currently on the road as support on Chris Young’s Raised on Country Tour. For more information, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com.
About Walker County
From The Judds to the Dixie Chicks and the Carter Family itself, country music’s history is steeped and rife with family duos, bands and groups. Warner Music Nashville sister duo Walker County adds to that ‘family tradition’ with blood-thick harmonies and solid musicianship. Born and raised in rural Sulphur Springs, Indiana, sisters Ivy (23, lead vocals) and Sophie (20, percussion and harmony) have been performing almost as long as they can remember. Sophie’s hard-driving rhythms and Ivy’s strutting, soulful vocals create a unique blend of country music that was inspired by the sounds of middle America they grew up on. And now, having spent years honing their skills, Walker County is ready to carry on the heritage of country music with their modern-traditional blend. This fall, Walker County will join Jimmie Allen and headliner Michael Ray on the road for CMT On Tour, crisscrossing the country while their first batch of tunes officially roll out, including the easy-rolling rhythms and wide-open melodies in their debut “Hamptons.”
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