The Russell County Fair is being held this week in Castlewood, Va. I think I have that right. I rarely get to this fair, it’s a long drive, and comes in between the Gray fair and the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. (And, we have The Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville in the mix, too). As much as I would like to, I just can’t get to all of them.
Washington County Fair starts on Monday, Sept. 8, so I’ll get something up here tomorrow night about that. Tonight, I want to pass on a little information I received today about Luke Bryan. So here’s a few pictures, and a bit about where you will be able to find Luke the end of this month.
Georgia native – Luke Bryan will be performing at the Haywood County Fair in Waynesville, NC on September 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are between $15 & $18 and may be purchased at http://www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org or at the gate.
Even before Capitol Records Nashville released his debut single, “All My Friends Say,” to radio in early 2007, Bryan was already earning significant media attention, including being named one of Billboard magazine’s new faces to watch in 2007. He was the only country music performer selected for the honor. Bryan was also included in Country Weekly’s “Who’s Hot in 2007” feature and the single was chosen as an iTunes “Discovery Download” of the week. He made his debut on the world famous Grand Ole Opry early last year which Luke says was “truly a dream come true.”
Described as a talented triple threat vocalist, songwriter and musician – Bryan, who moved to Nashville in 2001 quickly, landed a publishing deal with top independent publisher Murrah Music. There, Bryan found his voice as a writer by sticking close to the life experiences he knows best, as evidenced on such album cuts as “Country Man” and his signature song, “We Rode In Trucks,” a favorite among his Georgia fans. He not only wrote songs for himself but he also had songs cut by other artists like fellow Georgian Travis Tritt and he wrote the 3 week #1 song “Good Directions” for Billy Currington.
“I’ll Stay Me” – Bryan’s debut album – released last summer – is a fresh and contemporary-sounding album that’s just country enough to represent Bryan’s rural Georgia upbringing, but rocking enough to reflect the years he spent honing his live chops at bars and fraternity houses in his home state, where he is already a bona fide star.
Luke has opened shows for country superstars Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and label-mate Dierks Bentley to name a few. “I don’t consider one thing I’ve done since I’ve been in Nashville work,” says Bryan.
“I still get shocked all the time when I meet random people and they say ‘You’re Luke Bryan.’ That’s still pretty neat,” the singer says of his home state fan base.
That’s all for now – Let me know if any of you are planning to go to Waynesville for Luke’s Sept. 27 show – It’s a Saturday night guys! We can carpool. Take care, keep writing! Talk to you soon.