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Martina McBride announces new CD, tour for April

Thursday, January 18, 2007 – Martina McBride will release a new album in April and start her tour that month as well, she announced Thursday.

McBride will release her ninth album, "Waking Up Laughing," which she solo-produced, April 3. "Anyway," the debut single, currently sits in ninth after eight weeks on the country charts, making it her fastest-rising single ever and marks her first songwriting credit. She co-wrote two additional songs on the album as well.

The tour starts in Kansas City on April 12 and a show in Chicago April 14. Joining her for the tour will be 2006 breakout artists Little Big Town ("The Road to Here") and Rodney Atkins ("If You're Going Through Hell").

"As exciting as it is to create a new album, there's nothing quite as thrilling as getting the immediate feedback from a live crowd," said McBride. "I'm especially happy about being joined by Little Big Town and Rodney Atkins. We put a lot of thought into which artists to include on this tour, and I really feel like this show is going to be a treat for my fans from beginning to end. I can't wait to get out there on the road."

Tour dates are:

April 12 Kansas City Kemper Arena
April 14 Rosemont (Chicago) Rosemont Theatre
April 15 Louisville, Freedom Hall
April 20 Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun
April 21 Lowell, Mass. Paul Tsongas Arena
April 22 Albany, N.Y. Times-Union Center
April 28 Rochester, N.Y. Blue Cross Arena
April 29 Toledo, Ohio SeaGate Convention Centre
May 4 Birmingham, Ala. BJCC Arena
May 5 Duluth, Ga. Gwinnett Center
May 6 Pensacola, Fla. Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 Pittsburgh Petersen Events Center
May 12 Columbia, Md. Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 18 New York City Radio City Music Hall
May 25 Colorado Springs, Col. Colorado Springs World Arena
May 26 Loveland, Col. Budweiser Events Center
May 27 Valley Center, Kan. Kansas Coliseum
May 31 Richmond, Va. Richmond Coliseum
June 1 Winston-Salem, N.C. Lawrence Joel Coliseum
June 15 Sioux City, Ia. Tyson Events Center
June 16 Burlington, Ia. Steamboat Days
June 17 Dayton, Ohio Nutter Center

The following dates feature Martina McBride with Little Big Town (additional artist to be announced)
June 28 Charleston, West Va, Charleston Civic Center
June 29 Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Wachovia Arena
June 30 Hershey, Pa. Giant Center
July 1 Manchester, N.H. Verizon Wireless Arena
July 12 Oklahoma City, Okla. Ford Center
July 13 Grand Prairie (Dallas), Texas Nokia Theatre
July 14 Austin Frank Erwin Center
July 15 Bossier City, La.A CenturyTel Center

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