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Red dirt metal rockers Texas Hippie Coalition are set to hit the road in support of their new album ‘Peacemaker’ (Carved Records/August 14) including four shows opening for legendary Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrdin September. Initial tour dates are listed below with a wealth more dates to be announced shortly that will fill the band’s calendar in August, September and October.

THC counts Lynyrd Skynyrd as one of their influences and the band’s vocalist Big Dad Ritch even had a premonition the band would end up touring with them. “When I was young,  I used to run around the house acting like a professional wrestler. My entrance song was Nazareth’s “Hair of the Dog.” When I decided I was gonna be a singer/songwriter, I would tell my dad “When I grow up I’m gonna tour with Nazareth.” Low and behold, my first tour was with Dan [McCafferty] and the boys. A couple years back, I started announcing that THC would be opening for Black Label Society. Finally, after a year of saying it, I’ll be danged if we weren’t put on four shows with them. Then I figured if I say it, I can will it to become true. So… I started sayin’ in 2012 that before the world ends, THC will open for Lynyrd Skynyrd. My management told me “Big Dad you can’t say that! It is not true!”, but I did what I always do which is just keep preachin’ it. Which brings us to today, and on this day I am proud to announce that THC will be playing with the band that is responsible for half of us being conceived in the bed of a pickup, Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd. I told y’all, so now ya know, so run and tell everbody BIG DAD said LYNYRD SKYNYRD and Texas Hippie Coalition will take the stage together in 2012 before the world ends. True Story, print it. P.S. Also look for us on the road with Willie [Nelson] in 2013… I’m lyin’!!!”

THC’s explosive single “Turn It Up” has entered the Top 50 of Mediabase Active Rock Charts like a rampaging bull with a Top 40 entry expected imminently. Check out the video below.

Pre-sale ‘Peacemaker’ bundles are available for purchase here or you can pre-order the album on iTunes(featuring a special bonus track “Whiskey”).

Texas Hippie Coalition tour dates
July 20                        Janesville, WI                            Backbar
July 21                        Cudahy, WI                               The Blue Pig
July 28                         Lake Alcova, WY                       Sunset Bar and Grill
August 2                      Sturgis, SD                               Easy Riders Saloon
August 11                    Twin Lakes, WI                         WILL Rock Show
August 13                    Colorado Springs, CO                 Black Sheep
August 14                    Denver, CO                               Marquee
August 16                    Ironton, OH                              Rally on the River
August 18                    Cobden, MN                              Tubbys
August 19                    Minneapolis, MN                        Cabooze
August 21                    Waterloo, IA                             Spicoli’s
August 24                    Wichita, KS                               Cotillion
August 25                    Midland, TX                               Blue Max
September 26              Wanatchee, WA                        Town Toyota Center*
September 27              Kent, WA                                  Showware Center *
September 28              Boise, ID                                   Idaho Center Amp*
September 29              Reno, NV                                  Reno Event Center*
*with Lynyrd Skynyrd

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