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Rascal Flatts thaws out

Monday, October 17, 2011 – Rascal Flatts announced their winter tour, "Thaw Out 2012," with special guest Sara Evans and opener Hunter Hayes. The tour will kick off in Charleston, West Va. on Jan. 12, 2012 and ends Feb. 18 in New Jersey.

Rascal Flatts wrapped up touring for the year last month. The trio debuted their first album on Big Machine Records, "Nothing Like This," last fall at number1 on the country album sales chart and became one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at the top.

Evans her sixth studio album, "Stronger," which debuted at number one this year for two weeks and features the Platinum multi-week chart topping single A Little Bit Stronger.

Hayes, the Breaux Bridge, La. multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, ganjo, mandolin, keys and more) , just released his debut with the single Storm Warning. Hunter has co-written songs for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry.

Tour dates are:

Jan. 12 Charleston WV Charleston Civic Center Coliseum

Jan. 13 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center

Jan. 14 Hershey, PA Giant Center

Jan. 19 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena

Jan. 20 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center

Jan. 21 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

Jan. 26 Albany, NY Times Union Center

Jan. 27 Providence, RI Dunkin' Donuts Center

Jan. 28 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

Feb. 9 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Arena

Feb. 10 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena

Feb. 11 Little Rock, AR Verizon Wireless Arena

Feb. 17 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena

Feb. 18 E Rutherford, NJ Izod Center

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