Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert Plan 2012 Tour

Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour Begins in January

For his first arena tour as a headliner, Eric Church will launch the Blood, Sweat & Beers tour with special guest Brantley Gilbert on Jan. 19 in Fort Smith, Ark. The tour will stop in nearly 50 cities across the U.S.

New artists the Cadillac Black, Blackberry Smoke, Sonia Leigh, Jon Pardi and Drake White will also perform on various dates.

“We have been building our entire career for this tour. It is truly the culmination of a lot of blood, sweat and beer that has brought us to this point in our career,” Church said. “I have always trusted our fans to deliver with their dedication and passion. They have always exceeded my expectations. I have never been more excited to begin a tour than this one. The band and I are committed to emptying the tank every night and delivering the best show we can.”

Ticket prices range from $34.75 for reserved seats to $199 for the “Put a Drink in YOUR Hand” VIP Package. The package will be limited to no more than 200 fans per show and will include premiere seating, a pre-show party with food and drinks, a two-song acoustic set by Church and autographed memorabilia, including a limited-edition show poster, tour T-shirt and tour laminate. The VIP experience will be available through all ticketing outlets.

Church released his latest album, Chief, in July. His hits include “Homeboy,” “Drink in My Hand,” “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart.” Brantley’s latest single is “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

Here are the tour dates:

Jan. 19: Fort Smith, Ark.
Jan. 20: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Jan. 21: Southaven, Miss.
Jan. 26: Madison, Wis.
Jan. 27: Saginaw, Mich.
Jan. 28: Terre Haute, Ind.

Feb. 2: Savannah, Ga.
Feb. 3: Knoxville, Tenn.
Feb. 4: Norfolk, Va.
Feb. 16:Greenville, S.C.
Feb. 17: Salisbury, Md.
Feb. 18: Greensboro, N.C.
Feb. 23: Battle Creek, Mich.
Feb. 24: Cleveland
Feb. 25: Fort Wayne, Ind.

March 1: Portland, Maine
March 2: Lowell, Mass.
March 3: Indiana, Pa.
March 8: Oklahoma City
March 10: Orange Beach, Ala.

Tour stops will be announced in the following markets at a later date: Jonesboro, Ark., New York City; Binghamton, N.Y.; Reading, Pa.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Estero, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Las Vegas; Tupelo, Miss.; Bossier City, La.; Auburn, Ala.; Evansville, Ind.; St. Louis; Pikeville, Ky.; Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Bloomington, Ill.; Springfield, Mo.; Birmingham, Ala.; Nashville; Toledo, Ohio; Chicago; Youngstown, Ohio; Minneapolis; Topeka, Kan.; and Morrison, Colo.