McGraw rides Shotgun on tour, releases new single
Monday, January 12, 2015
– Tim McGraw announced today the launch of an extensive North American summer tour and the release of a brand new single, "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools."
The Shotgun Rider Tour '15 will kick off in June with special guest Billy Currington and newcomer Chase Bryant on the bill.
McGraw will bring his show to a combination of amphitheaters, arenas and festivals in support of last year's "Sundown Heaven Town" CD.
"I love going through the process of making our set list and working on the production elements to bring the show to life," said McGraw. "We just like to lay it all out there every night - sling sweat, have fun and help make some summertime memories for everyone who joins us."
The arena and amphitheater shows are promoted by Live Nation. Fans can purchase tickets beginning the week of Jan. 26 for select cities as part of Live Nation's Megaticket at www.megaticket.com.
Tour stops include:
Virginia Beach, VA
Darien Center, NY
St. Louis, MO
West Palm Beach, FL
Salt Lake City, UT
Mountain View, CA
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