ROWDY FRIENDS TOUR …

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ROWDY FRIENDS TOUR CONTINUES INTO FALL WITH STAR-STUDDED LINEUP

 HANK WILLIAMS, JR. to be joined by various artists including JAMEY JOHNSON, ERIC CHURCH, GRETCHEN WILSON, LEE BRICE, COLT FORD, JOSH THOMPSON, SUNNY SWEENEY and THE GRASCALS
Nashville, TN– Country music icon Hank Williams Jr. announces the continuation of The Rowdy Friends Tour with a variety of special guests to join him on stage including Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, Colt Ford, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice, Josh Thompson, Sunny Sweeney and The Grascals.  The shows will start in Evansville, Indiana, on September 17th, and will conclude in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 23rd. 
 
Sept 17 – Evansville, IN – Roberts Stadium – w/ Eric Church, and Sunny Sweeney

Sept 18 – Roanoke, VA – Roanoke Civic Center – w/ Eric Church and Sunny Sweeney

Sept 24 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena – w/ Eric Church, Gretchen Wilson, and Lee Brice

Sept 25 – Macon, GA – Macon Coliseum – w/ Gretchen Wilson and Lee Brice

Oct 1 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals

Oct 2 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Wireless Arena – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and The Grascals

Oct 8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals

Oct 9 – Fairfax, VA – Patriot Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, and Josh Thompson

Oct 15 – Southaven, MS – DeSoto Civic Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals

Oct 16 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson, and The Grascals

Oct 22 – Reading, PA – Sovereign Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, and Josh Thompson

Oct 23 – Raleigh, NC – R.B.C. Center – w/ Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, and Josh Thompson
 
Tickets for the shows announced will go on sale throughout July and August, check local venue box office locations as well as TicketMaster.com and TicketMaster locations.
 
The Rowdy Friends Tour 2010 is co-produced by Red Mountain Entertainment and Blue Deuce Entertainment.
 
About Hank Williams Jr.
With more than 70 albums to his credit, Williams has a fascinating career to reflect upon for a legend still in his prime.  His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right.  For two decades, America has come to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looks into the camera and unleashes the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football – ‘Are you ready for some football?‘  Those simple words have won Williams an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy.  Williams has also been named Entertainer of the Year five-times, but most recently was the recipient of the 2009 Academy of Country Music “Pioneer Award”.
 
About Jamey Johnson
Jamey Johnson is known within the music industry for his penmanship, and his forthcoming 2-CD-set only adds more proof of his talents.  The CD package entitled The Guitar Song includes 25 tracks with over two hours of music and will be released on September 14th.  Jamey’s songs have been recorded by Trace Adkins, George Jones, Joe Nichols, and he is the co-writer of the 2007 ACM and CMA Song of the Year “Give It Away,” recorded by George Strait.  Johnson’s self-penned single “In Color” was named the 2009 ACM and CMA Song of the Year.  His Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed album That Lonesome Song is certified Gold
 
About Eric Church
EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church has produced two consecutive Top 10s from his widely praised sophomore album, Carolina. Coming off of his own sold out headlining tour, Church is known for his energy-packed live shows. The Washington Post touted – “Church delivers one of the most spirited live shows in country music – and his fans follow suit.” He recently graced the cover of Billboard magazine and his latest single, “Smoke A Little Smoke” is his fastest rising single to date. 
 
About Gretchen Wilson
Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with her smash hit “Redneck Woman” and has since scored three #1 albums. The critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter has won virtually every award for which she’s been nominated, including trophies from the Grammys, ACM, CMA, AMA and more. Her first book, the autobiographical “Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life,” landed her on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List. Her debut single, “Work Hard, Play Harder,” released on her new Redneck Records label broke the Top 20, and her fourth studio album, I Got Your Country Right Here, hit stores in March. 
 
About Lee Brice
Lee Brice has established himself as one of the most promising new voices in country music.  The sentiment behind his current top ten single,” Love Like Crazy,” has garnered him a loyal following of fans of all ages. Critics are praising his debut Curb Records CD, released in June 2010, citing his gritty heartfelt vocals and songwriting prowess.   Having written all but two songs on his CD, he is quickly becoming almost as well known for his writing as he is for his recordings with cuts by Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, The Eli Young Band, Trailer Choir, Bomshel and Garth Brooks.  “More Than a Memory,” the Garth Brooks smash that became the first song in Billboard chart history to debut at #1, seems more like a dream to Brice, who credits Garth as his first major musical influence.
 
About Colt Ford
Colt Ford first entered the country music scene when he wrote “Buck ‘Em” for the Professional Bull Riders Association, and “Huntin’ The World,” the award-winning theme song of the popular Outdoor Channel show of the same name, in 2007.  In Nov. 2008, Ford debuted his studio album, Ride Through The Country (Average Joes Entertainment), that has since sold over 200,000 copies.  In 2010, Ford’s lifetime appreciation for country music’s rich musical heritage was capped when he made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage.  Just a few months later, Ford released his sophomore studio album, Chicken and Biscuits¸ to rave reviews with the Village Voice dubbing Ford a “road-dawg sensation” and New York Times noting Ford “brings hip-hop’s keen eye for class struggle to country.”  For more information, please visit www.coltford.com.
 
About Josh Thompson
Columbia Nashville recording artist Josh Thompson burst into the country music scene this year with his debut hit, “Beer On The Table,” a down-to-earth anthem about working hard to party hard.  A native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Josh began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working people everywhere.  His debut album, Way Out Here features ten songs written or co-written by Josh, and has drawn praise from countless critics, including NPR Fresh Air’s Ken Tucker and Billboard’s Wade Jessen as well as People Magazine, Country Weekly, AOL’s The Boot, CMT.com and others.  Josh’s current single and the album’s title track “Way Out Here” is Top 25 and climbing.
 
About The Grascals
Already among the most beloved and acclaimed of contemporary crossover groups, The Grascals spent two years on the road working with Dolly Parton as both her opening act and her backing band.  They are 2-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year winners. Their trademark blend of traditional bluegrass and classic country with more modern elements, delivered with vocal and instrumental intensity and virtuosity, also earned them two Grammy nominations for their first two critically-acclaimed albums.
 
About Sunny Sweeney:
Hailing from East Texas, Sunny Sweeney is a singer/songwriter with a big voice, sparkling personality and musical instincts that are stone-cold country. Sunny’s first project for the Big Machine Label Group, HEARTBREAKER’S HALL OF FAME, drew much critical acclaim; her style garnered comparisons to singers like Natalie Maines and Miranda Lambert. Her upcoming project on Republic Nashville, produced by fellow Texan Brett Beavers (Dierks Bentley), contains the new single “From A Table Away.”