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Dawson, Smith open Soul2Soul Tour

Monday, March 19, 2018 – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced Devin Dawson and Caitlyn Smith as opening acts on their Soul2Soul The World Tour.

Smith will serve as opening act from the tour kick-off date - May 31 in Richmond, Va., while Dawson will take over as opening act on June 26 in Bossier City, La. Through the end of the tour.

Smith initially found success as a songwriter penning songs for Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, John legend and Meghan Trainor (for whom she co-wrote the four-time-platinum duet "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"). Smith released her album "Starfire" earlier this year.

Dawson released his debut in late January, containing

Tour dates are:
May 31 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum Caitlyn Smith
June 1 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center Caitlyn Smith
June 2 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena Caitlyn Smith
June 5 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena Caitlyn Smith
June 7 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena Caitlyn Smith
June 8-9 Toledo, OH Huntington Center Caitlyn Smith
June 12 Hershey, PA Giant Center Caitlyn Smith
June 14 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Caitlyn Smith
June 15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena Caitlyn Smith
June 16 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena Caitlyn Smith
June 22 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena Caitlyn Smith
June 23 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center Caitlyn Smith
June 26 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center Devin Dawson
June 29 Springfield, MO JQH Arena Devin Dawson
June 30 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena Devin Dawson
July 6 Green Bay, WI Resch Center Devin Dawson
July 7 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Devin Dawson
July 8 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Arena Devin Dawson
July 10 Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena Devin Dawson
July 13 Seattle, WA Key Arena Devin Dawson
July 14 Eugene, OR Matthew Night Arena Devin Dawson
July 18 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena Devin Dawson
July 20 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Arena Devin Dawson
July 21 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Devin Dawson
July 22 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center Devin Dawson

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