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Rhett announces first headline tour

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – Thomas Rhett will launch his first headlining tour in 2017, the 2017 Home Team Tour, in 2017, he announced today.

Kelsea Ballerini and new artists Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd will open the shows, which starts Feb. 23 in Saginaw, Mich. and end in Rhett's hometown at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater. The end date of the tour was not announced.

Fans can visit Rhett's web site to begin purchasing pre-sale tickets on Oct. 4 before first dates go onsale to the public Oct. 7.

"This is really the first time we've been able to totally build our own stage and really plan for our show with all our fans," said Rhett. "There has been this undeniable energy out on the road this year, and I know having Kelsea out there is going to amp things up even more. Having my own tour also gives me the opportunity to introduce some people I think are going to explode in the next couple of years and help give them a platform to reach the fans, like how Blake, Toby and Jason did for me. I'm a huge fan of both Ryan and Russell, and I can't wait for my fans to get to know them too."

Rhett will hit the following cities, although specific dates were not announced:
Saginaw, MI @ Dow Event Center*
Erie, PA @ Erie Insurance Arena*
Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center*
Ft. Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
DeKalb, IL @ NIU Convocation Center*
Duluth, MN @ AMSOIL Arena
Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza*
Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Dayton, OH @ Wright State University Nutter Center*
Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena*
Winston-Salem, NC @Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum*
Knoxville, TN @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
Norman, OK @ Lloyd Noble Center
Nashville @ Ascend Amphitheater*

* Tickets go on sale Oct. 7

Rhett has gone Platinum with his sophomore release, "Tangled Up," which comes out on Deluxe form on Oct. 28. The disc includes "Die A Happy Man," "Crash And Burn" and "T-Shirt."

Ballerini has one album to her credit, "The First Time" with hits "Dibs," "Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Peter Pan."

Dickerson has released the single "Yours," whichwas selected for Sirius XM's The Highway Find program. He also an EP, "Yours."

Hurd has written songs for Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line. The Kalamazoo, Mich. native will make his debut on Sony Music Nashville. He has released the songs "We Do Us" and "Love in a Bar."

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