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Dave Bullard, 315-487-7711 x 1377, Dave.Bullard@agriculture.ny.gov

July 14, 2014

Country Music Legend John Anderson is Swingin’ into the Great New York State Fair’s Midway Music Series Stage

Up-And-Coming Stars Logan Brill and Morgan Frazier Open the Show

John Anderson, one of country music’s all-time greatest hitmakers, brings his unique voice and style to the Great New York State Fair’s Midway Music Series Stage on Friday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m.

As a teen growing up in Florida, John Anderson played in a rock band, but ultimately pursued country music when he moved to Nashville, played in clubs, and helped to build the Grand Ole Opry House. Anderson signed to Warner Bros. in 1977 and by 1980 he made his mark on the top 10.  He turned Billy Joe Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)” into a top 5 hit, and “Wild and Blue” spent two weeks at #1 in 1982. Soon after, “Swingin’” was released. It shot to #1, becoming one of his signature hits. The smash single won a Country Music Association award, and Anderson won the CMA’s Horizon Award. The timeless song was recently recorded by Leann Rimes and was nominated for a Grammy, once again proving John Anderson’s track record for producing great music.

Anderson began working on the album Seminole Wind in the early 90's. From this album he released the single “Straight Tequila Night,” which shot to #1 on the country charts.  It set the stage for five more years of hits, including Mark Knopfler’s “When It Comes to You,” “Seminole Wind,” and the #1 “Money in the Bank.” This record spawned numerous nominations, including Male Vocalist, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Opening for John Anderson are Logan Brill and Morgan Frazier.  Frazier is a Nashville veteran with an EP and a new single, “Hey, Bully,” to her credit.  Brill’s debut album, “Walking Wires,” was acclaimed by critics as one of the best of 2013.

“It’s the first time a country music artist has been featured on the Midway Music Series stage, but we couldn’t have chosen a more worthy artist.  His six number one singles and 18 top 20 singles mean a night of classic entertainment.  Like his song, this show will be ‘Money in the Bank’ for those who come,” said Waffner.

The Midway Music Series is sponsored by Time Warner Cable.

Performances announced for the Midway Music Series stage so far include:

  • Contestants from “The Voice,” the NBC musical competition, including Shawn “Big Sexy” Smith of Oneida County, at 7:30 on Thursday, August 21
  • Couples who have competed on the CBS reality competition “The Amazing Race,” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 31

Musical performances on the stage will be announced soon.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  This year’s tagline – “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun” – highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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