Latest From the Fair: Scotty McCreery, Tracy Byrd Headed to Yakima
The Central Washington State Fair has announced two more big shows for this fall's entertainment lineup -- and they're gonna draw a crowd! Scotty McCreery performs Sept. 27, following Tracy Byrd and Shenandoah, featuring Marty Raybon on Sept. 25.
The 25-year-old North Carolinian, whose album, "Seasons Change," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart last year, has packed a lot into his relatively tender years. He got married last June, dropped his record label, has toured extensively -- and don't forget, he even got robbed at gunpoint once!
He's also found phenomenal career success. He was the youngest-ever winner of "American Idol", and he's still the youngest male artist of any genre to have a debut album -- "Clear as Day," in his case -- hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. No doubt he'll delight the Yakima audience with songs like his “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” -- both of which are certified Platinum.
(Seattle Seahawks fans, however, will have to accept that he's a New England Patriots fan who sang the national anthem for a Patriots AFC divisional playoff game in 2016.)
Tracy Byrd, meantime, has been turning out country favorites since he broke into the big time in 1992 with his single, "Holdin' Heaven." Since then, the native Texan has added 11 top-10 hits, including anthems like "Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo" and "The Truth About Men."
The Grammy-winning Shenandoah, with Marty Raybon back in the mix, started making music more than 35 years ago in Alabama, producing such hits as "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday in the South" and "If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)."
The latest announced acts join Josh Turner, Nelly, the Temptations, Night Ranger and Creedence Clearwater Revisited for this year's fair.
Presale tickets go up Thursday (June 6) from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. -- use the password CWSFROCKS.
General admission seating for the fair's U.S. Cellular Concert Series on the Corona Stage are included with admission to the Sept. 20-29 fair, but a few reserved seats are available for purchase for all shows. Those tickets are available from the State Fair Park Box Office, any TicketsWest outlet or online at www.ticketswest.com. You can also purchase by phone at (800) 325-7328. Reserved seating does not include admission to the fair itself, though.
For more information on this year's fair and the entertainment acts, check the fair’s website, www.fairfun.com.