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Bryan hits stadium, Europe, hall of fame, Spring Break

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – Luke Bryan is staying busy this year as he revealed plans today to hit seven stadiums and do multiple dates in the U.S., tour overseas for the first time, release another Spring Break album and be the subject of an exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"I'm so excited about today," said Bryan at a press conference in Nashville.

"The ability to go into a city and stay two nights is just something...that I could only ever dream of," he said.

Bryan will launch the "Kick The Dust Up Tour," on May 8 in Grand Forks, N.D. The stadium shows will be June 6 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver; June 20 at TFC Bank Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.; Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on July 11; Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium on July 18; Levi's Stadium in San Francisco on Aug. 29; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sept. 5; and wrapping the tour at Ford Field in Detroit on Oct. 30.

Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will open the "Kick The Dust Up Tour," and Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett will add as special guests on all the stadium shows.

"Kick the Dust Up" will be a song on Bryan's next album, although no release date was named. Bryan will be the first country act to play at Vanderbilt. "It's amazing to play in Nashville," Bryan said. "It's a ton of pressure."

The double shows are June 26-27 in Washington, D.C., July 16-17 in St. Louis; July 24-25 in Indianapolis; July 31-Aug. 1 in Pittsburgh; Aug. 21-22 in Atlanta; Aug. 26-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 3-4 in Darien Center, N.Y., Sept. 11-12 in Philadelphia, Sept. 19-20 in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 25-26 in Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 17-198 in Irvine, Cal.; Oct. 23-24 in Dallas and Oct. 28-29 in Chicago.

Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 30 for select cities as part of Live Nation's Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com and can check www.lukebryanlive.com for opportunities to enter to win fly away promotions to the stadium shows or further information about additional on sales.

Bryan also will release his seventh Spring Break album on March 10, "Spring Break...Checkin' Out." This will be the final project of his Spring Break series and will be available in stores as well as digitally. The disc will be sold with 11 songs, including 5 new ones for this year. The Spring Break releases combined have more than 1.1 million sales to date. Bryan will return to Panama City Beach, Fla. for 2 free shows on March 11-12 at Spinnaker Beach Club where last year's concerts brought in a combined 230,000 fans.

"This will be our last spring break show in Panama City," Bryan said. "We've had such an amazing run down there...Last year was so amazingly over the top."

During February and March, Bryan will head overseas for his first international performances in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Norway. Bryan said the impetus for going overseas stemmed from his tour last year into Canada. He said he would play festival and 3,000 seat venues. "You kind of have to reprove yourself," he said.

The hall of fame exhibition will run from May through November, spotlighting his rise from his roots in south Georgia, growing up the son of a peanut farmer, to his move to Nashville, where he initially saw success as a hit songwriter for other artists before becoming a superstar.

"This contemporary exhibit series plugs straight into our mission to tell the ongoing history of country music. From spring to fall, as our numbers swell with school groups, families and younger fans, we've included in our educational mix a series of feature exhibits focused on the careers of today's most interesting superstars," said Museum Director Kyle Young. "As with our past summer exhibitions - featuring Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert - we know fans are going to enjoy this examination of Luke's career. While they are here, they can learn more about the artists who influenced Luke, like Alabama, Alan Jackson, Ronnie Milsap and George Strait."

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