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Martina McBride heads outdoors

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 – Martina McBride takes her "Waking Up Laughing Tour" outdoors starting this Friday, July 11, at the near Detroit, Michigan and will hit more than 30 markets by mid-October. "This is the first time I have headlined an amphitheater tour," said McBride.

Released in April of 2007 McBride's record, "Waking up Laughing," included the hit "Anyway," which was nominated for three CMA Awards and CMT Music Awards Female Video of the Year. In April, she released a live CD/DVD, "Martina McBride: Live In Concert."

Continuing on the tour with McBride will be Jack Ingram. Opening acts will be Chris Young through Aug. 30) and Jason Michael Carroll from Sept. 19-Oct. 11.

Tour dates are:
July 11 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 12 - Darien Lake, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 13 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion (for tickets: www.meadowbrook.net)
July 17 - San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 18 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
July 19 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 24 - Harrington, DE - Delaware State Fair* (for tickets: www.delawarestatefair.com)
July 25 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater*
July 31 - Missoula, MT - Adams Center* (for tickets: www.griztix.com)
Aug. 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 2 - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green
Aug. 8 - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion
Aug. 9 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Field Amphitheater (for tickets: www.konoctiharbor.com)
Aug. 12 - Bakersfield, CA - Buck Owens' Crystal Palace** (for tickets: www.buckowens.com)
Aug. 14 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Aug. 15 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion
Aug. 16 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 28 - Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 29 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 30 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sept. 19 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center
Sept. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Susquehanna Bank Center
Sept. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
Sept. 27 - Washington, DC - Nissan Pavilion
Oct. 3 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Oct. 4 - Raleigh, NC - TWC Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Oct. 5 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Oct. 10 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
Oct. 11 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Oct. 18 - Red Wing, MN - Treasure Island Resort** (for tickets: www.treasureislandcasino.com) *Jack Ingram not appearing these dates. **Martina Only Chris Young not performing 7/12, Jason Michael Carroll not performing 9/20

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