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Swift adds opening acts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – Taylor Swift announced today she added four new guest artists to The RED Tour: Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James.

All but Crouse have released CDs with Massachusetts native Crouse just having released his first single. Florida Georgia Line is riding the wave of having two hit singles in the past few months.

The tour starts March 13 in Omaha, Neb. and will cover 66 shows in 47 cities for a 6-month stretch.

Show Dog-Universal Music's Crouse, 20, wrote his first song at 14, started a band when he was 15, graduated from high school at the age of 16 and was signed to his record deal not long after his 19th birthday. Crouse recently released his first single, If You Want Some, which he co-penned with Luke Laird and his producer Jamie Houston. His debut is due this summer.

Eldredge has a new single Don't Ya out now. "“I'’m incredibly honored to be included on her tour and beyond excited to be able to share my music with all of her fans," he said in a prepared statement.

Since releasing their multi-week number one, double-Platinum debut single, Cruise, Florida Georgia Line put out their debut "Here's To The Good Times," the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new country artist.

James was born into a musical family and has been playing in bands since high school. A third place finisher on American Idol, Casey wrote eight of the songs on his self-titled 19/Columbia Nashville debut album, which debuted at #2 on SoundScan's Country chart last year and has yielded the Top 20 single, Lets Don't Call it A Night and the current Top 15 hit, "Crying On A Suitcase.

Austin Mahone, 16, has enjoyed online success. In 2010, Mahone started uploading his YouTube page covers of his favorite artists, and a following of "Mahomies" began to organically amass, resulting in more than 102 million YouTube views and 1.8 million followers on Twitter.

Ed Sheeran also will open shows. He has recorded with Swift. He performed his debut single The A Team with Sir Elton John at this year's Grammy Awards.

Tour dates are:

March 13-14 Omaha, Nebraska Brett Eldredge

March 18-19 St. Louis, Missouri Brett Eldredge

March 22 Charlotte, North Carolina Brett Eldredge

March 23 Columbia, South Carolina Brett Eldredge

March 27-28-29 Newark, New Jersey Florida Georgia Line

April 10 Miami, Florida Brett Eldredge

April 11 -12 Orlando, Florida Brett Eldredge

April 18 -19 Atlanta, Georgia Brett Eldredge

April 20 Tampa, Florida Brett Eldredge

April 25 Cleveland, Ohio Brett Eldredge

April 26 Indianapolis, Indiana Brett Eldredge

April 27 Lexington, Kentucky Brett Eldredge

May 4 Detroit, Michigan Austin Mahone and Brett Eldredge

May 7 Louisville, Kentucky Florida Georgia Line

May 8 Columbus, Ohio Florida Georgia Line

May 11-12 Washington, DC Brett Eldredge

May 16 Houston, Texas Brett Eldredge

May 21 Austin, Texas Florida Georgia Line

May 22 San Antonio, Texas Florida Georgia Line

May 25 Dallas, Texas Austin Mahone and Florida Georgia Line

May 28-29 Glendale, Arizona Joel Crouse

June 1 Salt Lake City, Utah Joel Crouse

June 2 Denver, Colorado Joel Crouse

June 14-15 Toronto, Ontario Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse

June 22 Winnipeg, Manitoba Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse

June 25-26 Edmonton, Alberta Joel Crouse

June 29 Vancouver, British Columbia Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse

July 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse

July 13 East Rutherford, New Jersey Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse

July 19-20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse

July 26-27 Foxboro, Massachusetts Austin Mahone and Joel Crouse

Aug. 1 Des Moines, Iowa Florida Georgia Line

Aug. 2-3 Kansas City, Missouri Florida Georgia Line

Aug. 6 Wichita, Kansas Casey James

Aug. 7 Tulsa, Oklahoma Casey James

Aug. 10 Chicago, Illinois Austin Mahone and Casey James

Aug. 15 San Diego, California Casey James

Aug. 19, 20, 23-24 Los Angeles, California Casey James

Aug. 27 Sacramento, California Casey James

Aug. 30 Portland, Oregon Casey James

Aug. 31 Tacoma, Washington Casey James

Sept. 6 Fargo, North Dakota Casey James

Sept. 7-8 St. Paul, Minnesota Casey James

Sept. 12 Greensboro, North Carolina Casey James

Sept. 13 Raleigh, North Carolina Casey James

Sept. 14 Charlottesville, Virginia Casey James

Sept. 19, 20-21 Nashville, Tennessee Casey James

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