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Shelton goes on the road

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – Blake Shelton will do something a little different when he goes on the road next year - he's going out with some veteran musicians opening for him.

Shelton will tour with The Bellamy Brothers, Trace Adkins, John Anderson and Lauren Alaina on the "Friends & Heroes 2019."

The tour kicks off on Feb. 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla. and will span 18 dates.

"I'm really excited about my tour because it's taking where I came from and the music I listened to growing up and actually introducing it to a whole new audience," Shelton said. "I feel like a lot of people might know the Bellamy Brothers' and John Anderson's music, but maybe they're not familiar with who they are as artists. I think that this is going to be a great opportunity for the country music fan base to be re-introduced to these guys and, selfishly, I'm just excited to share the stage with them.

Tour dates are:
Feb. 14 OKC, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Feb. 15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Feb. 16 Sioux Falls, SD Denny PREMIER Center
Feb. 21 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Feb. 22 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
Feb. 23 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Feb. 28 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center -22
March 1 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 2 Evansville, IN Ford Center
March 7 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
March 8 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
March 9 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
March 14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
March 15 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 16 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
March 21-22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 23 Albany, NY Times Union Center

Shelton is on radio with "Turnin' Me On." The song follows the hits "I Lived It" and "I'll Name The Dogs."

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m.

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