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Striking Matches, Josh Dorr Bring Country to All-Genre Tour

Upstart acts join guitar company Fender for new-artist campaign and tour

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Striking Matches, performing here in London in May, and Josh Dorr represent country music on the Fender Accelerator Tour.

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Two of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know are representing country music on Fender’s inaugural nationwide Accelerator Tour. Josh Dorr and Striking Matches have been added to the guitar company’s new initiative to help young artists on the road. Fender will supply each act with a touring van, promotional support and, naturally, Fender guitars and gear.

While the two acts won’t tour together, they’ll both travel under the Fender umbrella. Dorr says there’s a certain solidarity with him and Striking Matches joining the tour today.

“I’ve written with Striking Matches and love that band,” Dorr tells Rolling Stone Country. “Country music is all about community, so it’s only right that the two country acts that have a Fender tour this summer, be announced together.”

Dorr’s run begins June 4th in Kansas City, Missouri, while Striking Matches light out May 26th in Boston.

“We’ve both been playing Fender guitars since we first started playing, as just kids, and love the company and the instruments that they make,” Striking Matches’ Sarah Zimmermann tells Rolling Stone Country. “We are incredibly honored to get to do this tour with them and can’t wait to hit the road.”

Other acts receiving Fender’s support via the Accelerator Tour include Real Estate, Priory, Matthew Curry and the Bots.

Dorr, a Wyoming native who cites Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks among his key influences, is gearing up for a new single. At Sony’s Country Radio Seminar showcase, Dorr stood out with the radio-ready “Rocket.” Striking Matches, meanwhile, released their excellent debut album Nothing But the Silence earlier this year. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the LP includes their guitar-duel single “Hanging on a Lie.” Both artists will perform at CMA Music Festival in June. 

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