Ryan Follese is no stranger to touring.
The singer-songwriter began his career as one third of the pop band Hot Chelle Rae and now he's returned home to country music. He's released his first country single, "Put a Label On It," -- which he wrote with his songwriting parents, Adrienne and Keith Follese, and his brother Jamie -- and been playing country shows with LoCash. Now he's headed out with Florida Georgia Line.
"The last year was filled with a lot of exciting surprises and new beginnings," Ryan said. "I can't wait to get back out on the road again with LoCash ... and I'm so grateful to Brian and Tyler for inviting me on the DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR. The next three months are going to be a wild ride!"
I chatted with Ryan about his live show, which includes a medley of his parents' country hits as well as his Hot Chelle Rae tunes.
UPCOMING 2017 TOUR DATES:
1/5 Atlanta, GA** Terminal West
1/6 Lake Buena Vista, FL** House of Blues
1/7 North Myrtle Beach, SC** House of Blues
1/11 Houston, TX** House of Blues
1/12 Dallas, TX** House of Blues
1/13 New Orleans, LA** House of Blues
1/25 Nashville, TN Tin Roof | Nashville Lifestyle's Music In The City
1/27 Tallahassee, FL* Donald L. Tucker Country Civic Center
1/28 Orlando, FL* Amway Center
2/2 Moline, IL* iWireless Center
2/3 Columbia, MO* Mizzou Arena
2/8 Boston, MA** House of Blues
2/9 New York, NY** Irving Plaza
2/10 Charlotte, NC** The Fillmore
2/11 Raleigh, NC** The Ritz
2/17 Philadelphia, PA** Theatre of Living Arts
2/18 Silver Springs, MD** The Fillmore
2/23 Champaign, IL* State Farm Center
2/24 Omaha, NE* Centurylink Center
2/25 Oklahoma City, OK* Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/10 Uncasville, CT* Mohegan Sun Arena
3/11 Uncasville, CT* Mohegan Sun Arena
3/23 Minneapolis, MN** The Cabooze
3/24 Hastings, NE** Bourbon Jacks Honkytonk Bar
3/25 Denver, CO** Summit Music Hall
3/26 Salt Lake City, UT** TBD
3/29 Seattle, WA** Neptune Theatre
3/30 Sacramento, CA** Ace of Spades
3/31 Las Vegas, NV** House of Blues
*Florida Georgia Line – DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR
**Live Nation – Ones To Watch Tour
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Kelsea told the Grand Ole Opry that it's all about washing your face-- simple, yet effective.
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This is the type of advice that should hang on the walls of middle schools everywhere-- kind of like the "hang in there" cat poster.
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