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Gary Allan To Headline 2012 Country Throwdown Tour

Gary Allan photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Gary Allan will headline the third annual Country Throwdown Tour, joined by Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay, and Sunny Sweeney. The tour will run through 20 cities, kicking off in Gulfport, Mississippi on May 18. Rodney Atkins will join the tour June 1-30 and Justin Moore will play dates May 18-17.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Warped Tour, so I thought it was great when they came up with the concept of doing a country version of it with the Throwdown Tour,” Gary said. “I’m excited to be a part of it this year. My band and crew can’t wait to take this experience to our fans and we look forward to making new fans along the way. We’re hoping this is the best Throwdown Tour yet.”

Rodney is also looking forward to joining his friends on the tour and has spent time getting to know Eric, whom he recently met. “I had the privilege of playing shows with each of these incredible artists with the exception of Eric Paslay, but a few weeks ago he and I got to hang out in East Tennessee – talking and fishing,” Rodney said. ”I can’t wait to be a part of this tour. Every artist brings something awesome and different to the show. It’s gonna be a blast!”

The Country Throwdown Tour will once again spotlight emerging singer-songwriters on the Bluebird Café Stage throughout the day and then on the main stage during set changes. Those artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

“As we roll into our third summer of Country Throwdown, the team has been working hard to put together a can’t-miss package for true country fans, and we’re excited to work with some of country music’s greatest acts,” Sarah Baer, tour co-founder and co-producer, said. “We know the party that Gary, Justin and Rodney bring to the show, and the up-and-coming acts like Sunny Sweeney and Eric Paslay are sure to have fans coming early and staying late.”

“We’re proud to continue our relationship with the Bluebird Cafe and some of Nashville’s most talented songwriters,” Sarah said. “Bringing the magic that used to only be captured at this small, iconic venue to all the Throwdown cities is a real treat, and we’re especially thankful for the many people in the music community who have been supportive of trying something new and have helped us give developing artists a home on the tour scene.”

Besides the concert, Country Throwdown will offer fans a full concourse of lifestyle activies and attractions at an affordable ticket price. Doors to each venue open at 3:00 PM and entertainment continues until 11:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now in select cities. For more information, visit www.countrythrowdown.com.

Confirmed Dates:

5/18-Gulfport, MS @ Jones Park
5/26-Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
5/27-Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Park
6/1-Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/2-Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
6/3-Anderson, IN @ Hoosier Park Casino
6/13-Glen Allen, VA @ Innsbrook Pavilion
6/14-N. Lawrence, OH @ Clay’s Park Amphitheatre
6/15-Danville, VA @ Carrington Pavilion
6/16-Washington, PA @ CONSOL Energy Park
6/17-Syracuse, NY @ Empire Court
6/22-Sioux Falls, SD @ W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds
6/23-Rockford, IL @ Davis Park / Metro Center
6/28-TBD
6/29-Marion, IL @ Rent One Park
6/30-Bridgeview, IL @ Toyota Park
7/1-Norfolk, NE @ DeVent Center
7/6-TBD
7/7-TBD
7/8-TBD

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