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Country singer Jo Dee Messina coming to Ritz Ybor

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In what we can't help but think is one of the oddest marriages of artist and venue we've seen this year, Jo Dee Messina is coming to Tampa's Ritz Ybor club.

The country singer, who turned 44 Monday, performs Dec. 10 at the venue that this weekend hosted the metal Southern Darkness Fest. Tickets, which cost $37 plus fees, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at

Messina hasn't had a charted single since 2008, but that doesn't mean she isn't with the times.

Parting ways in December 2012 with her label after a botched album release in 2010, she turned to Kickstarter to crowd-fund a new record.

Me released in March, with fans selecting the album's songs, artwork, title and the first single, Peace Sign.

Messina released four gold and platinum albums between 1996 and 2005 and is known for independent and sassy hits like Stand Beside Me, Lesson in Leavin' and My Give a Damn's Busted (her most recent Top 10 hit, reaching No. 1 in 2005).

Country singer Jo Dee Messina coming to Ritz Ybor 08/25/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 5:43pm]
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