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good one, its pretty tough...the best way to do it i think would be to give yourself like 2-3 months to get it set up before you even go on for your first show. get a map and map out what cities you wanna play in, then get online and look up venues/clubs/bars etc...see if there is any open dates or if you can be added to a bill. just say youre a booking agent or something. then go get abunch of canned food and a portable stove and a van. then save up a bunch of gas/motel/beer $$, ive never done this but it makes sense to me....you should probably start out a statewide tour first..test the waters then make it regional then national, etc. good luck man!

lol we have a hard enough time just getting shows in our own city (fresno)! nobody likes creative music here, they like "rigid standard metal" hehe...