Michael Ray Tapped To Headline CMT On Tour

Country hitmaker Michael Ray will headline the 18th annual CMT On Tour this fall, CMT announced Tuesday (Aug. 20). Joining Ray…


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August 20, 2019


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Country hitmaker Michael Ray will headline the 18th annual CMT On Tour this fall, CMT announced Tuesday (Aug. 20). Joining Ray on the trek will be “Best Shot” singer Jimmie Allen and rising sister duo, Walker County.

CMT On Tour has a history of launching artists into superstar status, with acts such as Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean previously headlining the annual run of shows.

“I’m so honored to be headlining CMT On Tour with Jimmie and Walker County,” Ray shared in a release. “I’ve noticed that after the CMT tour, you can see the trajectory of the year ahead, and many of the artists who have participated in the past end up having one of the best years of their careers. I think CMT has a great way of putting a package together that really sets up artists for the next chapter.”

“Michael Ray is a proven road warrior who has developed an undeniable connection with his fans, and we’re thrilled to welcome him as headliner for this year’s tour,” said Leslie Fram, SVP, Music and Talent, CMT. “Joining the line-up are two very exciting acts: Jimmie Allen, who is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in country music, and Walker County, a young duo who promises to be one of our next strong female artists. We look forward to a fantastic tour!”

CMT On Tour kicks off October 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 23 at 10 am CT via CMT.com.

CMT On Tour Presents: Michael Ray’s Nineteen Tour:* 

Thu 10/17/2019 Greensboro, NC Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Fri 10/18/2019 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Fri 11/1/2019 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
Sat 11/2/2019 Fort Wayne, IN The Clyde Theatre
Fri 11/22/2019 Lexington, KY Tipsy Cow Bar
Sat 11/23/2019 Macon, GA The Crazy Bull
Thu 12/5/2019 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Fri 12/6/2019 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 12/7/2019 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert

*Additional cities to be announced at a later date.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.