The country music road show launched in 2010 as the Country Throwdown tour will return in 2010, this time known as Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011.
The multi-stage tour is again helmed by Vans Warped Tour producers 4 FINI, Inc., with country icon Nelson headlining and a mix of established country names and newcomers — Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Nelson's son's band Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real — providing support.
"Willie Nelson is an American treasure," returning Throwdown performer Johnson said in a statement. "When I was asked to return on the Throwdown Tour and was told Willie would be doing the shows, it was a simple yes."
Last year's Country Throwdown — which featured performances from Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town and Jack Ingram, among others — didn't come to Nashville, but Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011 is scheduled to make a stop at the Woods at Fontanel in Whites Creek, Tenn. on June 3. Announced dates run from May 27 in Philadelphia through July 2 in Eufaula, Okla., and more shows are expected.
Along with main stage and side stage performers, the Throwdown will again include in-the-round sets from singer-songwriters on a smaller Bluebird Café stage. Those performers are yet to be announced.
A ticket pre-sale is set to begin Friday, Feb. 11, and tickets will go on sale to the public as of 10 a.m. February 18. Prices are forthcoming. More info: www.countrythrowdown.com.