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Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, many more launching Country Throwdown Tour at Tampa's Ford Amphitheatre



Country music may be popular, but one thing it doesn't have is a touring festival like Warped or Mayhem with multiple stages, tents and fan-friendly experiences.

That may change with the new Country Throwdown Tour.

Organized by 4 FINI Inc. (the same company that does the Warped Tour), the 2010 Country Throwdown Tour will bring several stages of action to amphitheaters across America, with headliners like Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Jack Ingram, Little Big Town and Eric Church.

The tour will kick off at Tampa's Ford Amphitheatre on May 14. (Montgomery Gentry's own Web site says May 4, but it's wrong.) The daylong show begins at 1 p.m. and features a lineup of nearly a dozen bands, plus several more on a second, smaller "Bluebird Cafe" stage. (One notable name lower down on the bill? Ryan Bingham, who just won a Golden Globe for his song The Weary Kind, co-written with T-Bone Burnett for the Jeff Bridges movie Crazy Heart.)

It's not yet known when tickets will go onsale. But the Country Throwdown tour will apparently be part of Live Nation's annual Country Megaticket package, where you can get ticket deals on a range of country concerts.

What other shows are part of the Country Megaticket package, you ask? Well, Tim McGraw is at the Ford Amphitheatre on May 7, and Brooks and Dunn are coming to Tampa on June 11 (the FordAmp hasn't been announced as the venue for that show yet, but we think it will be).

And then there's the Country Throwdown Tour's Facebook page, which says the 2010 Country Megaticket package "gets you the same seat for several top shows including Brooks And Dunn, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw."

Does this mean Paisley, Keith, Sugarland and Rascall Flatts will soon announce summer tour stops at the Ford Amphitheatre? We'll keep an eye out and let you know.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.  

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:16pm]


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