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McGraw announces tour

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – Tim McGraw announced today that his Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 Tour will crank up this summer in Birmingham, Ala. on May 2 and continue on to 30 cities through July. The U.S. trek, will also feature emerging artists Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft.

McGraw has partnered with Tumblr to create the "Fanticipation" program which will allow fans, for the first time ever, to announce through Tumblr when tickets will be available in their own hometown. Beginning in early February, McGraw will call a fan in each market who is selected to participate in "Fanticipation" and personally tip them off, so they can share the information with their friends and other McGraw fans first.

McGraw will release his Big Machine debut, "Two Lanes of Freedom," on Feb. 2.

"This album marks a new sense of excitement and artistic freedom for me, and I really wanted to extend that same feeling to the tour and create a cool vibe for the fans," said McGraw. "Let's leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free. We've started working up new songs from the album, and there's some really cool stuff we'll be able to pull out this summer. My band is just kick-ass...there's nothing these guys can't play. We'll be counting the days til Birmingham!"

Tour dates are:
May 2 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 3 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 4 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
May 10 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 11 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
May 12 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 17 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
May 18 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
May 19 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
May 23 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 24 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
May 25 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
May 26 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
May 30 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
May 31 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
June 1 Washington, D.C. Jiffy LubeLive
June 7 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
June 8 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheatre
June 9 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 13 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion
June 14 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
June 15 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green
June 20 Beaumont, TX Ford Park Pavilion
June 22 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 28 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
June 29 Boston, MA Comcast Center
June 30 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 25 Toronto, ONT Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 27 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

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