I don’t have any idea who first coined the phrase, “All good things must come to an end”. But whoever it was, that person could very well have been talking about the last night of our 84th annual Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn. It has been a fantastic week. And I know I’m probably not the only one who is kind of sad to see it end for this year.
But if something has to stop, it might as well end on a high note. Tonight on the main stage at the fair, we heard a little bit of rock-n-roll, a little bit of classic country, and a whole lot of today’s new country music. And it all came from one artist – newcomer, Troy Olsen.
I’m sure you all know Troy from his current Top 40 single, “Summer Thing.” And I hope all of my regular readers will remember him from an article I put up March 16, 2010, titled “Troy Olsen, first to sign with EMI Records Nashville”.
In that article, I said: “I don’t often get this excited when I hear an artist for the first time. But I was really very impressed with this kid, and I’m hoping it won’t be long before we’re hearing him on our local country radio station. I’m looking forward to that debut CD, too. And in the mean time – I hope all of you will visit his MySpace page, and let me know what you think of this great new artist.” To read that article from March, 2010, please click here.
I think it’s hard to be the act that closes the fair for the year. People are tired. Some have come out every night. A lot of them have already done and seen everything they cared to see and do. But all of you who were “faired-out” and didn’t make the show last night missed a real treat.
Not only is Troy a talented artist who knows how to entertainan audience, but he has also got very talented group of musicians behind him. If you never thought of steel guitar as an instrument you could listen to for hours on end, then you haven’t heard Tyler Hall play one. Lou Rodrigues guitar, Adrian Walthers on Bass; Jeremiah Bivins on drums (I love watching drummers!); John “HipHop” Caldwell on keyboard; and Brad Tursi on guitar.
Troy also took a lot of time to meet with his fans, sign autographs, pose for pictures, and just talk and visit with everyone for a while. I hope you will all be looking for Troy to get to a town near you. You won’t want to miss his show. Now it’s time for more pictures.
Thanks to everyone at the Appalachian Fair for all the hard work you put into this great event each year. Thanks to WXBQ Radio for brining us some of the best country artists each night. It’s been a great fair! Hey, let’s do it again next year.
That’s all for me this morning. You guys enjoy your Sunday, and I’ll talk to you real soon! Write when you get a minute, I love hearting from each of you.