NASHVILLE, TN (Arista Nashville) - Arista Nashville hitmaker Brad Paisley
announces his 2007 tour, Hershey's Presents Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour with special guests Jack Ingram, Kellie Pickler
and Taylor Swift. Kick-off date is scheduled for April 26 in Chattanooga, TN. The Hershey Company and its Hershey's Milk Chocolate brand are proud to sponsor Brad Paisley
and his upcoming national tour. Brad Paisley
and Hershey's Milk Chocolate have the ability to put smiles on the faces of their fans, making this the perfect partnership.
The New Year is poised to be a great one for Paisley , who kicks off 2007 with news of the Double-Platinum RIAA certification of his CMA and ACM Album of the Year winner, TIME WELL WASTED. Paisley 's fastest-certified two-million seller has launched three No 1 singles, including 'She's Everything,' 2007's first country chart-topper, now in its third week atop Billboard's Hot Country Song chart. TIME WELL WASTED has now become his fourth back-to-back Platinum + album, and second double platinum – with total sales now topping 8 million.
Paisley's 2006 TIME WELL WASTED TOUR played to over 750,000 fans and traveled over a million miles. According to Pollstar the tour ended the year No 4 in total attendance for country tours, while the January 6 edition of Billboard names Paisley among five hot tour headliners (all genres) for 2007.
Jack Ingram, one of the most successful artists to come out of the Texas music scene, has taken Nashville by storm since joining the roster of Big Machine Records in late 2005. He's scored two Top Ten singles, including his first Number One, 'Wherever You Are,' two Top 10 videos on CMT, including a Number One for 'Love You,' and he looks to have another smash on his hands with 'Lips of an Angel,' which has entered the Top 25 after just a few weeks of airplay. He toured with superstars Sheryl Crow and Brooks & Dunn last year, and was recently chosen by country radio to perform at their annual convention in Music City in late February.
American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler shot straight to the top of the country album chart in November with the release of her debut album, Small Town Girl. On the strength of her single 'Red High Heels,' which she co-wrote, Kellie enters 2007 as the best selling, new solo country artist of the past year. Her album has received high marks from publications such as Rolling Stone to US Weekly and performances include The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The View and Ellen to name a few, and she made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Taylor Swift recently celebrated her 17th birthday and the songwriter/singer/guitarist had lots to celebrate. Her first Big Machine Records single, 'Tim McGraw,' is in the Top Ten on the country radio airplay charts and has sold nearly 300,000 digital downloads. The accompanying video reached the Number Two spot on the CMT Top 20 Countdown. Her self-titled first album, for which she wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs, debuted at Number Three on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in early November and will surpass 300,000 copies sold this week. She embarks on a tour with Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait on January 11, and opened for country super-group Rascal Flatts in late 2006. Like Jack Ingram, Taylor was selected to perform on the Country Radio Seminar's annual 'New Faces Show' in February.
Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour dates:
4-26 Chattanooga, TN UTC McKenzie Arena
4-27 Statesboro, GA Paulson Stadium - Georgia Southern University
4-28 Columbus, GA Columbus Civic Center
5-3 Evansville, IL Roberts Stadium
5-4 Moline, IL The Mark of the Quad Cities
5-6 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall
5-10 St Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
5-11 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Arena
5-12 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
5-17 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
5-18 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
5-19 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
5-20 Fresno, CA Save Mart
5-22 Vancouver, BC GM Place
5-24 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
5-25 Portland, OR Clark County Amphitheatre
5-26 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
6- 7 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Arena
6-8 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
6-9 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
6-10 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lakes PAC
6-22 Grand Junction, CO Country Jam USA
6-23 Greeley, CO Greeley Stampede
6-24 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
7-19 St Clairsville, OH Jamboree in the Hills
7-20 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion
7-21 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Arena
7-27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
7-28 Hershey, PA Giant Center
7-29 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods PAC
8-2 Orlando, FL Orlando Centroplex
8-3 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Arena
8-4 Atlanta, GA Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
8-9 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
8-10 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8-11 Nashville, TN Starwood Amphitheatre
8-23 St Paul, MN MN State Fairgrounds (MN State fair)
*More dates to be added
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