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Sugarland puts its tour in hands of fans

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 – Sugarland will launch its sixth consecutive headlining tour, "In the Hands of the Fans" in April. The tour will rely solely on fan interaction and requests to determine the set list played in each city.

. Specific guidelines and instructions coming soon on the band's web site.

The 25-plus dates will feature openers Lauren Alaina and Canaan Smith in select cities.

"This year's tour is based around the concept of putting the show into the hands of the fans," said Nettles. "They will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show. Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet, phone calls made during the show and selections directly (via) the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it's on one of our records, or if we've played it on a stage, it is fair game."

Tour dates are:

April 5 Toledo, OH

April 6 Youngstown, OH

April 10 Niagara, ON

April 11 Niagara, ON

April 13 Pikeville, KY

April 14 Louisville, KY

April 19-20 Thackerville, OK

April 21 Mississippi State, MS

April 26 Virginia Beach, VA

April 27 Charlotte, NC

April 28 Raleigh, NC

May 25 Rancho Mirage, CA

May 31 San Diego, CA

June 1 Mountain Valley, CA

June 21 Oshkosh, WI

June 22 Cadott, WI

June 23 Chicago, IL

July 21 Harrington, DE

July 22 Bristow, VA

July 27 Tampa, FL

July 28 Valdosta, GA

July 29 West Palm Beach, FL

Aug. 3 Cincinnati, OH

Aug. 10 Sturgis, SD

Aug. 17 Brownsville, OR

Aug. 18 Stateline, NV

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