On February 11th, 2010, Tim McGraw and his band, the Dancehall Doctors, will kick off an extensive North American tour in support of his new album, Southern Voice, which was released this week by Curb Records. The “Southern Voice” tour, promoted nationally by Live Nation, will commence at Qwest Center in Omaha, NE on February 11th and conclude at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Virginia Beach, VA on August 15th. For information regarding the online ticket request period and general public on-sale dates, please visit http://www.timmcgraw.com/.
“I’m real excited to have this opportunity to hit the road next year with the ‘Southern Voice’ tour and look forward to playing new songs and old favorites for all my fans,” says McGraw, who will perform tomorrow morning on “TODAY” as part of the Toyota Concert Series on Rockefeller Plaza. On October 27th he’ll appear on “The Jay Leno Show,” where McGraw will be joined by Gregg Allman for a very special rendition of “Southern Voice.” McGraw will close out the week with an October 29th performance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” On November 13th, CMT will premiere “INVITATION ONLY: TIM MCGRAW,” a one-hour special featuring McGraw performing before a small studio audience and taking questions from fans.
Lady Antebellum will be a special guest on the entire tour. The Lost Trailers will open shows from February 11th – April 10th while Love And Theft will open from April 11th - August 15th. Lady Antebellum took country music by storm with the release of their now PLATINUM certified debut on Capitol Records Nashville in 2008, which spawned the hit singles “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Lookin’ For A Good Time” as well as the GOLD certified #1 smash “I Run To You.” With "Best New Artist" trophies from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music in 2008, two GRAMMY® nominations for the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards and countless other award nominations, it comes as no surprise they were the only country act recognized as one of iTunes’ Best New Artists of 2008. Lady Antebellum’s current single “Need You Now” is the fastest rising single of their career quickly setting the pace for their upcoming sophomore release NEED YOU NOW due in stores Jan. 26, 2010. BNA Records’ The Lost Trailers were named “Most Played New Group” in 2008 (Mediabase). Their album’s title track, “Holler Back,” stayed in the Top 10 for over a month last summer and their latest single, “Country Folks Living Loud,” is climbing the charts. Love And Theft’s debut album, World Wide Open, recently opened inside the Top 10 on the country albums chart and the band’s Top 10 and climbing hit single “Runaway” claims the biggest first week digital single sales for any debut country act this year.
Outback Steakhouse will present the “Southern Voice” tour and the Fritos brand from Frito-Lay is associate tour sponsor. Sharing McGraw’s commitment to helping others, Outback Steakhouse, the innovative restaurant chain, and Fritos, one of America’s most loved brands, see the partnership as yet another opportunity to strengthen the communities they are part of. The two sponsors will join forces with Tim to raise funds for The Neighbor’s Keeper Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable fund created by Tim and his wife, Faith Hill.
“This partnership is truly a natural fit as Outback and Tim both share the commitment and passion of giving back to our communities,” says Jeff Smith, president of Outback Steakhouse, which will also raise funds along the tour route for Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) and other local charities.
With Southern Voice, McGraw once again pushes the bounds of his artistry with characteristic honesty, grit and soul, qualities that have throughout history exemplified the Southern voice. Recorded in Nashville with his longtime producer, Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Sugarland), Southern Voice is McGraw’s first studio album in two and a half years, following Let It Go, which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in April of 2007. McGraw recently gave the title track, which is his current single, its national television debut on "NFL OPENING KICKOFF 2009 PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS,” which was simulcast on NBC and NFL Network.
McGraw has sold over 40 million units and dominated the charts with 30 #1 singles. He’s won three GRAMMYs, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards, three People’s Choice Awards and numerous other awards. McGraw is featured on the cover of the November issue of Men’s Journal, which is on newsstands now.
His multi-faceted career also encompasses film. McGraw launched an impressive acting career with 2004’s “Friday Night Lights,” which he followed with “Flicka” (2006), “The Kingdom” (2007) and "Four Christmases" (2008). He co-stars with Sandra Bullock in the upcoming film “The Blind Side,” scheduled for release on November 20th.
TIM MCGRAW – 2010 “SOUTHERN VOICE” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR – Presented by
Date City/State Venue Special Guest/Supporting Act
2/11 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Lady Antebellum/The Lost Trailers
2/12 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center “
2/13 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena “
2/19 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center “
2/20 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena “
2/21 Reading, PA Sovereign Center Arena “
2/25 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena “
2/26 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena “
3/5 Texas TBD “
3/6 Texas TBD “
3/7 Texas TBD “
3/25 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place “
3/27 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome “
3/28 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre “
3/30 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre “
4/8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center “
4/9 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena “
4/10 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena “
4/11 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheatre at the Wharf Lady Antebellum/Love And Theft
4/23 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena “
4/24 Detroit, MI The Palace “
5/6 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Arena “
5/7 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre “
5/8 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre “
5/14 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center “
5/15 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre “
5/20 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena “
5/21 Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome “
5/22 Portland, OR Rose Garden “
5/25 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center “
5/28 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Pavilion “
5/29 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre “
6/2 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion “
6/3 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion “
6/4 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre “
6/5 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheatre “
6/11 Wichita, KS InTrust Bank Arena “
6/12 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center “
6/17 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center “
6/19 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre “
6/26 St Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre “
6/27 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center “
7/8 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion “
7/9 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center “
7/10 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge “
7/15 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center “
7/16 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre “
7/17 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center “
7/29 Boise, ID Idaho Center “
7/30 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre “
7/31 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green “
8/5 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center “
8/6 Darien Center, NY Darien Lakes PAC “
8/7 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre “
8/13 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre “
8/14 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion “
8/15 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre “
About The Neighbor’s Keeper Fund:
Founded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2004 out of their desire to help people in need and encourage the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, Neighbor's Keeper (http://www.timmcgraw.com/#neighbors-keeper.html) seeks to strengthen communities by contributing to diverse projects with primary emphasis on children's initiatives. To be a part of Tim and Faith’s efforts to help others, charitable contributions can be made to the Neighbor's Keeper Fund at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a 501 (c) 3 public charity.
About Outback Steakhouse:
Outback Steakhouse has been an innovator in casual dining for 21 years. During that time, we have perfected the art of serving great tasting steaks. In fact, we were recently voted #1 Best Steak in the 2009 Zagat Survey of National Full-Service Restaurant Chains. We are not only known for the "Best Steak", we also serve fresh, "made from scratch" appetizers, salads, entrees, sides and desserts that use only the highest quality ingredients available. Our menu of new choices, classic favorites and "down under prices", including 15 meals under $15, offers something for everyone. We promise delicious food, spirited service, and an energetic atmosphere that will make those casual nights out the most enjoyable available.
Frito-Lay North America (http://www.fritolay.com/) is the $12 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. In addition to Frito-Lay, PepsiCo business units include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade and Tropicana. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fritolay. PepsiCo (http://www.pepsico.com) offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 18 different product lines that each generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. Its main businesses – Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade – also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy to consumers in over 200 countries. With more than $43 billion in 2008 revenues, PepsiCo employs 198,000 people who are united by the company’s unique commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose. Dedicated to offering a broad array of choices for healthy, convenient and fun nourishment, reducing its environmental impact, and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong financial returns with giving back to communities worldwide.
About Live Nation:
Live Nation’s mission is to maximize the live concert experience. Our core business is producing, marketing and selling live concerts for artists via our global concert pipe. Live Nation is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, annually producing over 22,000 concerts for 1,600 artists in 33 countries. During 2008, the company sold over 50 million concert tickets and drove over 70 million unique visitors to LiveNation.com. Live Nation is transforming the concert business by expanding its concert platform into ticketing and building the industry’s first artist-to-fan vertically integrated concert platform. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol LYV. For additional information about the company, please visit www.livenation.com/investors <http://www.livenation.com/investors>.