Tim McGraw’s ‘Two Lanes Of Freedom’

Launching his “Two Lanes Of Freedom” tour in Birmingham, Ala., in early May, Tim McGraw is trying a different approach when it comes to announcing ticket sales.  A little something he cooked up with Tumblr called “Fanticipation.”

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Boots And Hearts Country Music Festival, Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario

Presented by Pennzoil, McGraw will be touring in support of Two Lanes Of Freedom album that’s coming out Feb. 5 and marks the country artist’s debut on Big Machine Records.

Along with the new album, McGraw will try an innovative way of spreading the word about his shows through a partnership with Tumblr.  We’ll get to that in a moment, but first let’s look at the dates.

May 2 – Pelham, Ala., Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 3 – Charlotte, N.C., Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 4 – Raleigh, N.C., Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
May 10 – West Palm Beach, Fla., Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 11 – Tampa, Fla., 1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
May 12 – Atlanta, Ga., Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood
May 17 – Camden, N.J., Susquehanna Bank Center
May 18 – Burgettstown, Pa., First Niagara Pavilion
May 19 – Clarkston, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre
May 23 – Maryland Heights, Mo., Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
May 24 – Tinley Park, Ill., First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
May 25 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center
May 26 – Darien Center, N.Y., Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
May 30 – Noblesville, Ind., Klipsch Music Center
May 31 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center
June 1 – Bristow, Va., Jiffy Lube Live
June 7 – Chula Vista, Calif., Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
June 8 – Devore, Calif., San Manuel Amphitheater
June 9 – Mountain View, Calif., Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 13 – Albuquerque, N.M., Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
June 14 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Usana Amphitheatre
June 15 – Englewood, Colo., Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
June 20 – Beaumont, Texas, Ford Park
June 22 – Dallas, Texas, Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 28 – Hartford, Conn., Comcast Theatre
June 30 – Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Arts Center
July 25 – Toronto, Ontario, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26 – Bethel, N.Y.,  Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
July 27 – Virginia Beach, Va., Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach

Brantley Gilbert and Love And Theft appear on all dates.

McGraw has partnered with Tumblr to create the “Fanticipation” program, allowing him to communicate directly with fans to spread the word as to when tickets go on sale in each market.

Here’s how it works: Fans sign up for Fanticipation at the program’s Tumblr page.  Beginning in February, McGraw will call one fan in each market and tell him or her when tickets for his appearance in that area are going on sale.  The idea is that the fan will spread the word to other fans, giving them a heads up on tickets.  Click here for more information about Fanticipation.

Photo: AP Photo / Dothan Eagle
BamaJam, Bamjam Farms,Enterprise, Ala.

And don’t forget to check out McGraw’s other Internet outlets.  Click here for his website, here for Facebook and here for his Twitter feed.