Luke Bryan 077Good news for country music fans in northeast Tennessee. The CMT Tour will be back in our area this year. Last year, they made a stop in Bristol with Miranda Lambert, and this year, they will be at Freedom  Hall in Johnson City.

Matt MasonIn addition to headliner Luke Bryan, the tour will include special guests Lee Brice and Josh Thompson and CMT’s Next Superstar winner Matt Mason (CMT photo at left).

If you are making plans to see this show, or any of the other stops on the tour – here’s the schedule. To find out when tickets go on sale in your area, check the CMT on Tour 2011 web site http://www.cmt.com/artists/cmt-on-tour/2011/.

Thu 09 15 11 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Fri 09 16 11 New York, NY Terminal 5
Sat 09 17 11 Utica, NY Utica Memorial Auditorium
Thu 09 22 11 Cedar Falls, IA McLeod Center
Fri 09 23 11 Kearney, NE Viaero Event Center
Sat 09 24 11 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
Thu 10 13 11 Johnson City, TN Freedom Hall
Fri 10 14 11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sat 10 15 11 Columbia, SC Tin Roof
Thu 10 20 11, Bowling Green, KY E.A. Diddle Arena
Fri 10 21 11 West Lafayette, IN Elliott Hall of Music – Purdue
Sat 10 22 11 Troy, OH Hobart Arena
Thu 10 27 11 Corbin, KY The Arena
Fri 10 28 11 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center
Thu 11 03 11 Moline, IL i wireless center
Fri 11 04 11 Maplewood, MN Myth
Sat 11 05 11 Bemidji, MN Sanford Center
Thu 11 10 11 Green Bay, WI Brown County Veterans Memorial
Fri 11 11 11 Muncie, IN Emens Auditorium – Ball State
Thu 11 17 11 Southaven, MS Desoto Civic Center
Fri 11 18 11 Auburn, AL Auburn Arena
Sat 11 19 11 Monroe, LA Monroe Civic Center

Lee BriceThree-time ACM nominee Lee Brice released his debut album Love Like Crazy on Curb Records in June of 2010. The title track off of the album, “Love Like Crazy,” reached the top five on the charts and was named Billboard’s #1 country song of 2010. It currently holds the record for the longest charting song in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The song was nominated for the 2011 CMT Music Awards’ USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year award. Brice is also known for his songwriting, penning hits for many great artists including Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. Brice recently wrapped up Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour and is now gearing up to hit the road this fall alongside Josh Thompson and Luke Bryan on the 2011 CMT On Tour. For a list of upcoming tour dates and the latest Lee Brice news, visit his web site.

City of Hope benefit 151Columbia Nashville recording artist Josh Thompson stormed onto the country music scene with his debut album Way Out Here – debuting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and earning praise from countless critics, including NPR’s Fresh Air, Billboard and PEOPLE. Thompson wrote or co-wrote all 10 tracks on the album including hits “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” “Way Out Here” and “Beer On The Table.” The blue-collar road warrior played over 240 shows last year ranging from headlining club dates to sold-out arenas with Brad Paisley. He is currently working on his sophomore album, due out next year. For additional Josh Thompson information go to his web site by clicking here.

This is going to be a great show. If it is part of your plans for ‘shows to see in 2011’ – you will want to get your tickets early.

That’s it for this morning – more later!
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Good news for country music fans in northeast Tennessee. The CMT Tour will be back in our area this year. Last year, they made a stop in Bristol with Miranda Lambert, and this year, they will be at Freedom  Hall in Johnson City. In addition to headliner Luke...