Rogers plays on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. He has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his 52 years in show business. His long list of timeless classics encompass a slew of number one hits, including The Gambler, Lady, Lucille, She Believes in Me, Islands in the Stream, and We’ve Got Tonight. Two of Rogers’ albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever, and his Greatest Hits album has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s eighth best selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.
Joe Nichols is on stage on Monday, Sept. 10, at 8:30 p.m. Nichols offers hip and relevant country music. With his aptly titled album, Old Things New, the award-winning, Grammy-nominated singer balances artistry with accessibility. His acclaimed 2007 album, Real Things, landed Nichols on a multitude of best-of-the-year lists, including those published by the New York Times, Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, Associated Press, CMT.com and many others.
The Sawyer Brown band thrills the audience on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 p.m. Sawyer Brown was founded in 1981 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. They have played more than 4,000 shows in those years. A few of their greatest hit songs include Some Girls Do, Thank God for You, All These Years, and The Walk. The title track to the new Sawyer Brown CD, Travelin’ Band, paints a picture of what it means to be a traveling band. Many believe that Sawyer Brown knows what it means to be just that.
“We’ve worked hard and have been lucky to be able to book quality bands over the years,” said Dave Stahl, chairman of the entertainment committee for the fair.
“Our music acts have been people either on their way up or on their way down. In the past we’ve had Brad Paisley, Blake Sheldon, Miranda Lambert and Toby Keith play here. We always try to book each act for two shows, but many times it doesn’t work out that way. It really depends on who is available and their price,” he said.
Stahl said that tickets can be purchased in advance at the fair office. He said attendance is usually good at the shows and recommends getting reserved seats in advance of the show.
“Our lineup this year is really good. We’ve tried to get Joe Nichols before and couldn’t get him booked, so this is his first time here and it’s the first time we’ve had Kenny Rogers, so both those shows and the Sawyer Brown band, which is always a high energy show, should do well,” Stahl said.
Published: September 7, 2012