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Krauss, Nelson announce joint tour

Saturday, February 8, 2014 – Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas announced today they will together throughout the spring and summer.

The 35-city tour will kick off May 1 in Murray, Ky. and run through July 18 in Toledo, Ohio. Opening acts include Kacey Musgraves, The Devil Makes Three, Jason Isbell and The Wild Feathers.

The tour will mark the first time that Nelson and Krauss have shared the stage together.

In 2013, Nelson's albums included April's "Let's Face The Music And Dance," an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and October's "To All The Girls...," which features 18 duets with music's top female singers including Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones and Shelby Lynne.

Since signing with Rounder Records at the age of 14, Krauss has sold more than 12 million albums and won 27 Grammy Awards, the most for any female and the second most of any recording artist in Grammy history. Union Station is Douglas (Dobro, lap steel, vocals), Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin, lead vocal), Ron Block (banjo, guitar) and Barry Bales (bass, vocals), with Krauss on lead vocal and fiddle.

Tour dates are:
May 1 Murray, KY CFSB Center/Murray State University*
May 2 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre *
May 3 Knoxville, TN Thompson Boling Arena*
May 4 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre*
May 6 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
May 8 Daniel Island, SC Family Circle Cup Stadium*
May 9 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheatre*
May 10 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheatre*
May 11 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstar Arena*
May 13 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center*
May 14 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center*
May 16 Nashville, TN The Woods at Fontanel*
May 17 Birmingham, AL BJCC*
May 18 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena*
June 5 Southaven, MS Snowden Grove Amphitheater #
June 6 Louisville, KY Waterfront Park+
June 7 Lewiston, NY Artpark #
June 8 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For the Arts #
June 10 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall #
June 13 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center #
June 14 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 15 Simsbury, CT Simsbury Meadows #
June 17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
June 19 Bangor, ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion #
June 20 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavillion at Meadowbrook #
June 21 Canandaigua, NY CMAC Performing Arts Center #
July 6 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre ~
July 7 Rogers, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion ~
July 9 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre ~
July 11 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah's Stir Cove~
July 12 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival~
July 13 Detroit, MI Freedom Hill~
July 15 Rama, ON Casino Rama
July 17 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium~
July 18 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo

*The Devil Makes Three
# Kacey Musgraves
~ Jason Isbell
+ The Wild Feathers

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