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Rucker announces tour

Friday, March 1, 2013 – Darius Rucker is hitting the road in May in support of his upcoming "True Believers" album release this spring.

The tour starts May 9 in Florida, hitting 20 cities before winding up in Michigan on June 30.

"This is going to be an exciting summer," predicts Rucker. "I've got an album I can't wait for y'all to hear, and I'm hitting the road with a great group of artists. We're gonna have a good time."

Joining Rucker on select dates will be Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore and Jana Kramer.

Rucker will be offering two pairs of tickets to each tour date through an auction on www.DariusRucker.com with proceeds benefiting both the Country Music Association's "Keep The Music Playing" initiative and the Academy of Country Music's "Lifting Lives" program. "Keep the Music Playing" supports music in our schools and has funded music labs and more than 4,000 instruments in 80 Nashville Metro schools. ACM "Lifting Lives" is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music - its beneficiaries include the Holston Home in East Tenn. where Atkins was adopted as a child, Pattinson's Academy in Rucker's hometown of Charleston, S.C., and ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, students of which accompanied Rucker in a very special ACM Awards performance of a song written and recorded by the campers, "Music from the Heart."

Tour dates are:

May 9 - Estero, Fla. | Germain Arena*

May 10 - Pensacola, Fla. | Pensacola Civic Center*

May 17 - Savannah, Ga. | Savannah Civic Center*

May 18 - Alpharetta, Ga. | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park*

May 19 - Knoxville, Tenn. | Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum**

May 24 - Little Rock, Ark. | Riverfront Park**

May 30 - Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Coliseum Complex*

May 31 - Simpsonville, S.C. | Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park*

June 1 - Virginia Beach, Va. | Patriotic Festival*

June 6 - Morrison, Colo. | Red Rocks Amphitheatre**

June 9 - Grand Prairie, Texas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie**

June 13 - N. Lawrence, Ohio | Clay's Park Amphitheater**

June 14 - Buffalo, N.Y. | Coca Cola Field+

June 15 - Baltimore, Md. | Pier Six Pavilion**

June 20 - West Long Branch, N.J. | The MAC at Monmouth University**

June 21 - Bangor, Maine | Waterfront Park**

June 22 - Gilford, N.H. | Meadowbrook-US Cellular Pavilion**

June 27 - Toledo, Ohio | Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre**

June 28 - Highland Park, Ill. | Ravinia Festival**

June 29 - Normal, Ill. | The Corn Crib**

June 30 - Clarkston, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre**

* denotes Justin Moore and Jana Kramer

** denotes Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer

+ denotes Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana and Jana Kramer

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