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Ray headlines CMT on Tour

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Michael Ray will headline the 18th annual CMT On Tour, featuring Jimmie Allen, and sister duo Walker County.

The tour kicks off on Oct. 17 in Greensboro, N.C.

"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."

Ray said he was "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."

Walker Country is comprised of sisters Ivy (23, lead vocals) and Sophie (20, percussion and harmony). They were born in Sulphur Springs, Ind.

Created in 2002, "CMT on Tour" has includedThomas 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.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 17 Greensboro, NC Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Oct. 18 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Nov. 1 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
Oct. 18 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Nov. 2 Fort Wayne, IN The Clyde Theatre
Nov. 18 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Nov. 22 Lexington, KY Tipsy Cow Bar
Nov. 18 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Nov. 23 Macon, GA The Crazy Bull
Dec. 5 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Dec. 6 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Dec. 7 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert

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