Tickets for the reserved seating area at this year’s Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn., go on Saturday morning, July 25, at 9 a.m. The schedule has been confirmed, so here it is for you guys one last time. Now get ready for that ticket line, because you’re going to want to get some great seats for these shows! All the shows are free with your gate admission, but there are also about 1,200 reserved seats available for each show.
Randy Houser, Monday, Aug. 24, Reserved Seats – $5.00
Eli Young Band, Tuesday, Aug. 25, Reserved Seats – $5.00
Jimmy Wayne, Wednesday, Aug. 26, Reserved Seats – $7.00
The Lost Trailers, Thursday, Aug. 27, Reserved Seats – $5.00
Lady Antebellum, Friday, Aug. 28, Reserved Seats – $7.00
Nick Nicholson & Jimmy Fortune, Saturday, Aug. 29, Reserved Seats – $5.00
Randy’s first two singles, “Anything Goes” and “Boots On” both climbed into the Top 20 on the country charts. In fact, Boots on was No. 11 last week, so I’m hoping it will be Randy’s first Top 10 when I hear this week’s countdown later today. Randy has also had a very successful tour with Pat Green, and is definitely making a name for himself as a singer and songwriter. I think he puts on a great show!
Eli Young Band who gave us “When It Rains” and “Always The Love Songs” will take the stage on Tuesday. I’ve never seen these guys live before, so I’m looking forward to this show. I don’t think it matters how many songs they put out — “When It Rains” will probably always be my favorite EYB song.
Jimmy Wayne, who was the subject of my blog yesterday, will be Wednesday night’s headliner. I could write volumes about this talented young man. He gave us “That’s All I’ll Ever Need” and “I Will,” as well as “Do You Believe Me Now” and “Paper Angels” – one of my Jimmy Wayne favorites!
The Lost Trailers, with their current single “How Bout You Don’t,” will take the main stage at the fair on Thursday. This will be another first for me – having never seen this band perform live before.
Lady Antebellum will be there Friday. These guys I have seen before, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them again. “I Run To You” was their first No. 1 record, and their debut single “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” was definitely a hit for the trio. Their second single, “Lookin’ For A Good Time,” was definitely No. 1 material (and even though it didn’t make it to the top of the charts, I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks it should have.)
That takes us to our only double-header of the week. On Saturday night, before former Statler Brother Jimmy Fortune takes the stage, the audience will get to see Nick Nicholson. It’s been more than a year since I put up a post here called “Introducing Nick Nicholson” – but people in Gray remember Nick. He is a native of this area, and graduate of Daniel Boone High School. He ended up in Arizona after spending some time in the military, and everyone is anxious to have him in Gray to perform at the fair this summer.
There you have it! I probably won’t mention this line-up again before the fair – but you can be sure there will be lots of pictures going up during fair week.
I don’t have the space to put a video up here for each of these great entertainers – so let’s take the one I said would probably always be my favorite song by Eli Young Band. Here’s “When It Rains.”
Time to run. Talk to you all soon. Thanks for the mail!