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Eric Church tours hard, again

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 – Hard touring Eric Church hits the road again next month launching the Jagermeister Country Tour.

The tour kicks off Feb. 9 at the Ram's Head in Baltimore and ends March 27 in Boulder, Col. at the Boulder Theatre. Josh Thompson opens all shows.

Church last toured on the Young & Wild Tour, which included 50 shows and performances on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Tour dates are:

Feb. 9 Ram's Head Live Baltimore, MD

Feb. 10 Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza New York

Feb. 11 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA

Feb. 12 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY

Feb. 13 Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY

Feb. 15 House of Blues Boston, MA

Feb. 16 9:30 Club Washington, D.C.

Feb. 18 Joe's Chicago, IL

Feb. 19 Civic Auditorium Knoxville, TN

Feb. 20 Wild Bill's Duluth, GA

Feb. 21 Music Farm Charleston, SC

Feb. 27 Lyric Theatre Oxford, MS

March 3 Walton Arts Center Fayetteville, AR

March 4 Midland Theatre Kansas City, MO

March 5 The Pageant St. Louis, MO

March 6 Gillioz Theatre Springfield, MO

March 7 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK

March 10 The Barn Sanford, FL

March 12 Marina Civic Center Panama City, FL

March 13 Maverick's Jacksonville, FL

March 17 Orpheum Theatre Madison, WI

March 18 Tom, Dick & Harrys Green Bay, WI

March 19 State Theatre Kalamazoo, MI

March 20 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI

March 21 Prairie Capital Convention Center Springfield, IL

March 25 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN

March 26 Cotillion Ballroom Wichita, KS

March 27 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO

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