Young sells out Ryman to start tour
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
– Chris Young is kicking off the first leg of his headlining Liquid Neon Tour next month, starting with a sold-out show from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Nov. 15. The date marks his first-ever hometown headlining play in Music City.
Special guests on the tour include Thomas Rhett, whose Valory Music Co. released self-titled debut EP includes the hits Beer With Jesus and the Top 15 track Something To Do With My Hands. RCA recording artist Joanna Smith, will open the shows.
Other tour dates are:
Nov. 16 - Bristol, TN - Viking Hall Civic Center
Nov. 17 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Nov. 30 - Corbin, KY - The Arena
Additional tour dates will be in Youngstown and Bowling Green, Ohio, Evansville, Ind., Huntsville, Ala., Savannah, Ga. and Chattanooga, Tenn. Exact dates have yet to be announced.
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