Lauren Alaina Joins Sugarland’s “In The Hands Of Fans” Tour

Lauren Alaina is set to join labelmates Sugarland‘s “In The Hands Of Fans” tour with dates starting in April. Check out the press release and tour dates after the jump.

Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland will launch their sixth consecutive headlining tour entitled “In the Hands of the Fans” this April. The tour will rely solely on fan interaction and requests to determine the set list played in each city. Specific guidelines and instructions coming soon on

The 25+ dates will feature openers Lauren Alaina and Canaan Smith (in select cities).

“This year’s tour is based around the concept of putting the show into the hands of the fans,” said Nettles. “THEY will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show. Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it’s on one of our records or if we’ve played it on a stage it is fair game.”

“In the Hands of the Fans” Tour dates and markets:

4/5 Toledo, OH
4/6 Youngstown, OH
4/10 Niagara, ON
4/11 Niagara, ON
4/13 Pikeville, KY
4/14 Louisville, KY
4/19 Thackerville, OK
4/20 Thackerville, OK
4/21 Mississippi State, MS
4/26 Virginia Beach, VA
4/27 Charlotte, NC
4/28 Raleigh, NC
5/25 Rancho Mirage, CA
5/31 San Diego, CA
6/1 Mountain Valley, CA
6/21 Oshkosh, WI
6/22 Cadott, WI
6/23 Chicago, IL
7/21 Harrington, DE
7/22 Bristow, VA
7/27 Tampa, FL
7/28 Valdosta, GA
7/29 West Palm Beach, FL
8/3 Cincinnati, OH
8/10 Sturgis, SD
8/17 Brownsville, OR
8/18 Stateline, NV

Sugarland sure likes to bring in Idols as opening acts! They previously had Kellie Pickler as their primary opener for their “Love On The Inside” tour in 2008, Danny Gokey and Casey James as secondary openers in 2009 and 2010 respectively (with Casey cowriting several songs with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush), and now Lauren’s going to be a primary opener for them this year.

Lauren’s got that country/pop/soul thing going in her voice that Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles does, though Sugarland’s last album when off in a louder, less country direction. There’s no denying Sugarland’s talent though and watching them command the stage should be a great learning experience for Lauren.

Press release via Country Music Is Love.

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