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Bryan announces headlining tour

Thursday, October 11, 2012 – Luke Bryan will launch his first headlining major tour in January.

The "Dirt Road Diaries Tour" will kick off in Evansville, Ind. on Jan. 17 with tickets on sale beginning Friday, Oct 26. The 20-city first leg will go through March and features Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line as openers.

"I have dreamed about this day for a very long time," said Bryan. "We are having the best time putting together all the bells and whistles for the tour. I have spent a lot of time out on tours with some really great artists and each night we have tried to learn from them. I couldn't be more excited about this."

Tour dates are:
Jan. 17 Evansville, IN Ford Center
Jan. 18 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
Jan. 19 Southaven, MS Landers Center
Jan. 25 Estero, FL Germain Arena
Jan. 26 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Feb. 7 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Feb. 8 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Feb. 15 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
Feb. 16 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Feb. 17 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center
Feb. 21 Ft Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Feb. 22 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Feb. 23 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
Feb. 28 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
March 1 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
March 2 Moline, IL i wireless Center
March 14 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheatre at the Wharf
March 21 Florence, SC Florence Civic Center
March 22 Fayetteville, NC Crown Center
March 23 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena

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