By Melody Vallieu
TROY — You’ll want to jump in your boat — or truck — and head down County Road 25-A for this year’s fair concert.
Just announced by the Miami County Agricultural Society, with support from the Troy Foundation, country star Chris Janson is set to perform at the county fair’s annual Sunday night concert on Aug. 14.
Special guests Carter Winter and Jameson Rodgers will round out the evening of boot-stomping entertainment.
Warner Bros. Records singer-songwriter Janson made headlines when his song “Buy Me A Boat” quickly landed at No. 1 on the country chart, and was certified platinum in January.
Fair board member Roberta Jacobs said landing Janson for the concert was a boon for this year’s fair.
“Timing is everything, especially for this concert. When we first started negotiating, he was just peaking. Then ‘Buy Me A Boat’ went platinum and ‘Power of Positive Drinkin’’ started moving up the charts,” Jacobs said. “I think the Academy of Country Music announcements for nominees the other morning made all of our hearts beat a little faster when he received the three nominations.”
The Perryville, Mo., native first broke onto the music scene when he landed a yearlong, four-show-a-day gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.
Janson brings a blue-collar, working-class, hillbilly swagger to every live performance, according to reviews, earning him opening slots for Florida Georgia Line, as well as music legends Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr.
“He is going to bring the crowd to their feet for a night of great country music,” Jacobs said. “We can’t wait to bring this Male Artist of the Year nominee to town for the community to enjoy.”
Ohio’s own Carter Winter is becoming one of the most sought-after talents in the Midwest and is gaining national recognition along the way. Known for his true natural country vocal tone, a creative writing style and an incredible work ethic, Winter is an artist on the rise. He has played with a number of major label artists, including most recently, a sold-out Rhett, White, and Blue show with 4,000-plus attendees.
Jameson Rodgers was born and raised in Batesville, Miss. After a baseball career at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Rodgers headed to the University of Southern Mississippi, where he developed a love for songwriting and performing at bars with a band named Silky Smooth. It wouldn’t take long before he moved to Nashville to pursue his dream and Combustion Atlas came knocking. Chris Van Belkom, vice president of Combustion Music, has said, “Jameson impressed me not only as a gifted artist and songwriter but as a self-starting manager of his own career. We’re excited to work with him and add to the relationships he’s been able to create for himself.”
Jacobs said landing Winter and Rodgers also was a matter of timing for the up-and-coming artists.
“Both Carter Winter and Jameson Rodgers are new to the scene and we were fortunate to be able to put this package together,” she said.
Tickets will be available beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, by calling (937) 335-7492 or going online at www.miamicountyohiofair.com, or in person at the Miami County Fair office. Through the week, the fair office will be open for ticket sales from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Ticket prices are $20 for the track and $15 reserved stadium. Gate admission to the Miami County Fair is $5 per person age 9 and over.
Jacobs said having performers set for this year’s fair has fair board members excited to to continue planning for this year’s week-long celebration.
“It’s a great feeling! This has been in the works since late last August, right after the 2015 fair closed,” Jacobs said. “It seems like every day there is something new and positive about Chris Janson in the news — he is definitely going to be around for a while and it promises to be a great night of country music with all three of them bringing something.”
The 2016 Miami County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 12-18. Organizers are seeking sponsors for this year’s event, and those interested in supporting the fair can contact Roberta Jacobs, Scott Pence or Jill Wright by email at [email protected] or by calling (937) 335-7492.
Reach Melody Vallieu at [email protected] or (937) 552-3121