On Saturday night, Bradley Gaskin was the headliner at our local fair. It was the only night with an opening act this year, and I was happy to see it was someone I knew. Her name is Jessica Nixon, and east Tennessee is very proud to claim her as one of our own.
I have seen Jessica perform at many area events, but for some reason, I never did an article about her (other than to mention her in articles with other artists). This article is about Jessica. She has a beautiful voice. She is classically trained. You can tell that when you hear her sing, especially when she sings our national anthem. It takes your breath away. But Jessica isn’t working on a classical vocal career, and she isn’t working on a career in opera, although she can do that, too. Jessica is pursuing a future in country music. And as long as she stays country, I think she is going to do great.
I’m not saying she wouldn’t be a good ‘pop’ or ‘rock’ singer. I just like country best, and that is where I would like to see her stay. My personal opinion is that she does those songs much better than things like “Heat Wave,” which she often includes in her shows. Jessica has been working with some folks in Nashville, and I’m sure big things are waiting for her soon.
She was gracious enough to come out to the WXBQ tent for two interviews with WXBQ’s afternoon deejay, Marc Tragler. Marc even got her to hit one very high operatic note for him (and the listening audience).
Here are a few more pictures from Saturday night’s show, sound check, and interview
Our Appalachian Fair is over. And now you have heard about every one of the seven shows I got to see during our six-day event. It was a great fair, but that’s all you’re going to hear about it … until NEXT August! Back to more country music news very soon! I just have to catch my breath after that very long, very exciting week, in Gray, Tenn.