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Country rockers Exile will bring their energetic show, packed with hits like “Kiss You All Over” and “She’s A Miracle,” to 15 venues across the country during the first leg of their 2016 tour.
The group will set sail with “Country’s Family Reunion” Cruise Jan. 31-Feb. 7 before their first stop on their nationwide tour Feb. 13 in Columbus, Ohio. A full tour schedule is below.
“We’re excited to announce the first few dates of our 2016 tour – the 53rd year of Exile! We’re especially proud to start this year with many of our fellow Artists and friends, on the Larry’s Country Diner/Country’s Family Reunion Caribbean Cruise. Here’s to another year of seeing old friends, and making new ones,” said keyboardist, Marlon Hargis.
Exile members Marlon Hargis, J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire and Steve Goetzman, will be joined by country star John Conlee, T. Graham Brown, Moe Bandy, Rhonda Vincent, Mark Wills, Gene Watson, Johnny Lee, and many others to perform and meet fans while on the cruise. The sold-out annual 7-night Western Caribbean cruise includes stops in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will set sail for the Caribbean sun on January 31 and end February 7.
Exile formed in 1963 looking to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky, but managed to top both the pop and country charts during their over 50 year-long career. Their most successful hit, “Kiss You All Over” spent four weeks at the top of Billboard’s pop chart in 1978. In the early 1980’s Exile started to focus on country music. During their run on the country charts Exile has successfully had ten No. 1 singles including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory” and “Give Me One More Chance.” They have toured with acts including Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Gatlin Brothers and The Judds. The 5 original Exile members reformed in 2008 and continue to tour today. Current members of the band include J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman.
EXILE ON TOUR:
Jan 31 – Feb 7 – Larry’s Country Diner/ Country’s Family Reunion Caribbean Cruise
Feb 13 – Columbus, Ohio -Valley Dale Ballroom
Feb 20 – Nashville, Tenn. – Grand Ole Opry
March 11 – Shelbyville, Ind. – Indiana Grand Casino
March 18 – Ft Payne, Ala. – Chris Roberts School of Music (former Pickin Post)
April 8 – Ft. Myers, Fla. – The Ranch (with Janie Fricke)
April 9 – Weirsdale, Fla. – Orange Blossom Opry (with Janie Fricke)
April 29 – Benton, Ky. – Kentucky Opry
April 30 – Renfro Valley, Ky. – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
June 25 – June 26 – La Veta, Colo. – Fir Station Amphitheater
July 4 – Rowlett, Texas – Pecan Grove Park
July 30 – Ft Worth, Texas – Stagecoach Ballroom
Sept 4 – Winchester, Ky. – Lykins Park (Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival)
Sept 8 – Bremen, Ga – Milltown Music Hall
Dec 2 – Lebanon, Ky. -Angelic Hall
Dec 3 – Scottsburg, Ind. – Ross Country Jamboree