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Nelson headlines Country Throwdown 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – Willie Nelson will headline the second annual Country Throwdown tour with dates starting in late May.

Nelson will be joined by Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert and other acts.

4 FINI, Inc., producers of the Vans Warped Tour, announced today Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011, Thursday.

Craig Campbell & Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real were also confirmed for the tour.

"I'm really looking forward to the Throwdown Tour and working with Jamey, Randy and all the folks...it will be fun," said Nelson.

<"Willie Nelson is an American treasure," said Johnson. "When I was asked to return on The Throwdown Tour and was told Willie would be doing the shows, it was a simple yes."

Tour founder and co-producer Kevin Lyman says, "Much like the Vans Warped Tour, Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown brings together a collective group of diverse artists. Not only do we have the opportunity to work with the original and legendary, bad ass Willie Nelson, we're happy to have the return of today's bad ass Jamey Johnson. I just feel lucky to be working with all these country artists."

The only tour of its kind in the world of country, Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour mixes top country artists with emerging singer-songwriters in a festival environment.

In addition to the seven main artists performing on two stages (a main stage and one side stage), the Bluebird Café Stage will feature six singer-songwriters. Fans will get to see these artists perform intimate "in the round" sets on the Bluebird Café stage throughout the day, as well as nightly performances on a specially designed stage during the main stage set changes. Artists for the Bluebird Café Stage will be announced soon.

Tour dates are:

May 27-Philadelphia, PA @ The MANN
May 28-Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
May 29-Essex Junction, VT @ Champlain Valley Expo
June 3-Nashville, TN @ The Woods at Fontanel
June 4-Little Rock, AR @ North Shore Park at the Arkansas River in North Little Rock
June 11-Sparta, IL @ World Shooting & Recreation Complex
June 16-Roanoke Rapids, NC The Rapids Jam / (Part of the RAPIDS JAM three day festival)*
June 17-Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Ampitheater at Heritage Park
June 18-Waldorf, MD @ Regency Stadium
June 19-Knoxville, TN @ World's Fair Park
June 23-Del Mar, CA @ Grandstand
June 24-Ontario, CA @ Citizens Business Bank Arena
June 25-Pozo, CA @ Pozo Saloon
June 30-McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Race Park
July 1-Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
July 2-Eufala, OK @ Eufala Cove Amphitheater

More dates will be announced soon.

* Rapids Jam is a three day country music and camping festival in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., June 16-17-18. The first day of the festival kicks off with the Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour. Single day and weekend general admission tickets, plus reserved tickets are available at www.rapidsjam.com.

Ticket pre-sale begins Friday, Feb. 11 and sale to general public begins Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.

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