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Ray launches first tour

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Michael Ray will kick off his first headlining tour this fall.

The tour starts Oct. 14 in Phoenix and concludes Nov. 26 in Rome, Ga.

"So incredibly excited and grateful for my first official headlining tour," said Ray. "Ten years of hard work has led me to this point. Lots of incredible music in store as well as a few surprises. Can't wait to see you all out there."

His stage show will include songs from his debut self-titled album, including the single, "Kiss You in The Morning." Ray's 10 years on the road include tours with Sam Hunt, Kip Moore and Brantley Gilbert. He just wrapped his summer tour with Darius Rucker.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 14 Phoenix, AZ (Cowboys Saloon)
Oct. 15 San Diego, CA (Moonshine Flats)
Oct. 20 Iowa City, IA (Blue Moose)
Oct. 21 Lincoln, NE (Single Barrel)
Oct. 22 Denver, CO (Grizzly Rose)
Nov. 3 Oxford, OH (Brick Street Bar)
Nov. 4 Shelby Township, MI (Coyote Joe's)
Nov. 5 Rootstown, OH (Dusty Armadillo)
Nov. 11 Charlotte, NC (Coyote Joe's)
Nov. 12 Raleigh, NC (City Limits Saloon)
Nov. 18 Knoxville, TN (Cotton Eyed Joe)
Nov. 19 Macon, GA (The Crazy Bull)
Nov. 25 Tampa, FL (Dallas Bull)
Nov. 26 Rome, GA (Brewhouse Music and Grill)

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