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Sarah Johns opens George Strait tour

Monday, December 10, 2007 – Sarah Johns will open up George Strait's 2008 tour.

"Believe it or not, I just had my tonsils taken out, so I couldn't scream or even talk. All I could do was cry and text everybody I knew," said the Kentucky native whose debut album, "Big Love In A Small Town," was released earlier this year.

Johns said, "I've wanted to do this my whole life and to be part of the George Strait Tour is a blessing and a dream come true. If you've listened to my record you know I love country music...the countrier the better, so as you can imagine, I'm a huge George Strait fan."

Johns will rehearse her show and get ready for the holidays until the tour starts Jan. 20, 2008 in Austin. "This is the greatest Christmas present I've ever had, but I wouldn't mind a set of twin fiddles for the tour!"

Tour dates are:
Jan. 10 Austin, Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas at Austin
Jan. 11 - Oklahoma City, Okla., Ford Center
Jan. 12, Little Rock, Ark., Alltel Arena
Jan. 17 - Birmingham, Ala., BJCC
Jan. 18 - Gwinnett, Ga., Gwinnett Arena
Jan. 19 - Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa Bay Arena)
Jan. 24 - Jacksonville, Fla., Veterans Memorial
Jan. 25 - Columbia, SC, Colonial Center
Jan. 26 - Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
Jan. 31 - Sacramento, Cal., ARCO Arena
Feb. 1 - Fresno, Cal., Save Mart Center at Fresno State
Feb. 2 - Las Vegas, Garden Arena
Feb. 15, Charleston, West., Charleston Civic Center
Feb. 16 -Philadelphia, Wachovia Center
Feb. 28 - Richmond, Va., Richmond Coliseum
Feb. 29 - Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
March 1 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans
March 6 - Albuquerque, N.M., University Arena (The Pit)
March 7 - Lubbock, Texas, United Spirit Arena
March 28 - Oakland, Cal., Oracle Arena
March 29 - Los Angeles, Home Depot Center

Johns's second single, "He Hates Me," hits radio in January as well. "It's a song I wrote about chasing a guy who really wants nothing to do with you. Some of it is a real life experience for me, but not the part about having a restraining order taken out on me, or at least not that I know of."

CD reviews for Sarah Johns

Big Love in a Small Town CD review - Big Love in a Small Town
Sarah Johns cites Tammy Wynette as one of her primary influences. That's interesting, considering that she's more like a modern-day version of another country legend, Loretta Lynn. Johns is a Kentucky-born brunette who sings tough girl songs with a traditional flair. She had a hand in writing all 11 of the songs on her debut. The album has a heavy dose of fiddle and steel guitar, but it seems like Johns goes to extremes on the tracks. She's either singing a funny song, "The »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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