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Bluegrass stars hit the road

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 – A slew of bluegrass stars, including Ronnie Bowman, Rob Ickes and Kenny and Amanda Smith, will hit the road in January for concerts.

Artists on the tour include Ronnie Bowman, Mike Bub, Missy Raines, Terry Baucom, Rob McCoury, Alan Bibey, Mike Compton, Phil Leadbetter, Rob Ickes, Kenny Smith, Tim Stafford, Jason Carter, Steve Gulley, Kim Fox, Dale Ann Bradley, Amanda Smith and Josh Williams. Cindy Baucom, who has a syndicated radio show, will emcee the concerts.

The concerts will be held Jan. 8 in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 9 in Bristol, Va., Jan. 15 in Kutztown, Pa., and and Jan. 24 in Stillwater, Okla.

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