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Joe Nichols heads Down Under

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 – Joe Nichols kicks off his The Shape I'm In Australian Tour April 29, marking the third visit to Oz for the singer.

"Joe has been a big hit here in Australia," said promoter Rob Potts. "The country music fans can't seem to get enough of him. I know he sold out of product at each of his previous shows. He has been diligent and consistent about coming back to Australia to develop his fan base here, and I feel like that's paying off for him."

"My previous visits to Australia created fantastic memories, so I'm definitely looking forward to another visit," Nichols said. "I can't wait to get back to Australia - it is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I think every person in the entire country is nice. Seriously - I haven't seen or heard of a mean person yet. And they love country music. Gonna be a great time."

Joining Nichols on tour will be special guests Jasmine Rae and Peter McWhirter. Rae toured with Nichols during his 2009 visit to Australia. The two recorded a duet, I'll Try Anything, and found on Rae' newly released sophomore CD, "Listen Here."

The Shape I'm In tour kicks off at the Empire Theatre in Towoomba April 29 and visit Caboolture, Rockhampton, Sydney and Albury before wrapping up in Melbourne.

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