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RASCAL FLATTS ANNOUNCE NEW TOUR
Farmers Insurance Presents “The American Band Tour”

Tour Launches June 15

NASHVILLE – (February 1, 2012) – As one of the hottest touring acts in any genre, Country music supergroup Rascal Flatts announced today they will launch a brand new tour beginning this summer, Farmers Insurance presents “The American Band Tour.” The tour will feature an all band set-up with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Edens Edge opening. The shows will begin in Hartford, Conn., on June 15 at the Comcast Theatre. Please check www.rascalflatts.com for up to date tour information.

“We are always looking for new ways to re-energize our live shows,” says Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. “We thought bringing out these bands, whom are among some of our favorite vocal groups, would make a great night of entertainment!”

Show reviewers across the nation have long expressed the band’s flare for delivering a high-energy, thrilling fan experience in concert. The Buffalo News claimed, “This band is incredibly tight and capable of conjuring up grandiose, emotion-filled moments.” “Long considered one of the top touring acts in country music, Rascal Flatts proved the reputation was rightly deserved,” said the Leader-Post. Cmt.com shared the band “delivered an electric show full of special effects, big hits and a renewed sense of purpose…it’s a testament to their talent that the band can keep the momentum going.”

About Rascal Flatts:
Rascal Flatts will wrap their current tour “Thaw Out Tour” on February 18, shortly before their highly-anticipated eighth studio album, CHANGED, is due out on April 3 on Big Machine Records. They debuted their last project, NOTHING LIKE THIS, at #1 on the Country album sales chart and became one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at #1. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums and 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts. They were the most played country group at radio in 2011 as well as being the most awarded country group of the past decade with over 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, People's Choice Awards and more. For additional information on Rascal Flatts go to www.rascalflatts.com .

About Little Big Town:
Critically acclaimed platinum-selling group Little Big Town first entered the music scene over 14 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” and “Good As Gone.” Their fourth studio album and chart-topping release on Capitol Records Nashville, The Reason Why received rave critical acclaim and produced Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church” which has sold over a million digital downloads to date. Collectively, the group has earned eight ACM nominations, nine CMA Awards nominations and four GRAMMY nominations. In early 2011 Little Big Town created an online video series called “Scattered, Smothered & Covered” where they tackle the challenge to make any song country. Presently their videos have had over 2 million views. A new album is slated for release in 2012.

About Eli Young Band:
Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl,” has been certified PLATINUM with sales of over 1.4 million downloads and was named Billboard’s #1 Country Song of The Year. The band has 3 ACM nominations and have recently performed on Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and the ACA Awards. The video for the single has tracked over 8.8 million views on YouTube alone. LIFE AT BEST made its debut at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and #6 on the Billboard 200. It came in at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and #2 on the iTunes All Genre Chart just behind Jay Z/Kanye West and Adele. The band has earned praise in The New York Times, People, Associated Press, American Songwriter, The New Yorker, USA Today, New York Post, Billboard&nb sp;and Country Weekly. The band has opened for the likes of Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Jason Aldean and Dave Matthews Band and sells out venues as a headliner from California to Rhode Island.

About Edens Edge:
Profiled as one of Billboard’s 2011 “Artists to Watch,” Edens Edge is comprised of Hannah Blaylock (lead vocalist), Dean Berner (harmony vocals, guitar, dobro) and Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo and guitar). The trio possesses a unique musical blend deeply rooted in Country music, acoustic instrumentation and pure vocal harmonies. Hailing from Arkansas, they signed to Big Machine Records in 2010. In 2011, Edens Edge released their Top 20 debut single, “Amen,” and were the featured opening act on mega-tours with Brad Paisley, Reba and Lady Antebellum. They are currently in the studio finishing up their debut album, set for release in 2012.

“The American Band Tour” dates:
6-15 Hartford, CT
6-16 Boston, MA
6-23 Washington DC
6-24 Virginia Beach, VA
6-29 Cleveland, OH
6-30 Darien Center, NY
7-6 Bangor, ME
7-13 Dallas, TX **
7-14 Houston, TX **
7-20 Detroit, MI
7-22 Cincinnati, OH
7-27 St Louis, MO
7-28 Chicago, IL .
8-9 Charlotte, NC
8-10 Raleigh, NC
8-11 Philadelphia, PA
8-31 Indianapolis, IN
9-1 Pittsburgh, PA
tba Mountain View, CA
tba San Diego, CA
tba Atlanta, GA
tba Tampa, FL
tba W Palm Beach, FL

**Thompson Square will replace Eli Young Band

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