TROY — While this year’s fair is still months away, the announcement that two up-and-coming country music stars will make an appearance on the grounds is welcome news for now.
On Saturday, Miami County Fair Board members announced that Chris Lane and “homegrown” talent Clark Manson will take the stage for this year’s annual fair concert on Sunday, Aug. 13.
According to fair board member Roberta Jacobs, the fair board again worked with booking agent Todd Boltin of Variety Attractions to decide on the two performers.
After touring in the past year with Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and Rascal Flatts, Lane has been making a name for himself as one of the genre’s most groundbreaking new stars, including introducing his hit single, “Fix.” On Feb. 16, Lane was nominated for the New Male Vocalist of the Year award by the Academy of Country Music.
With other songs like “Girl Problems,” “Who’s It Gonna Be,” “All The Time” and “For Her” under his belt, Lane said he looks to others for encouragement for his craft.
”I love what Florida Georgia Line is doing, and what Sam Hunt has done,” Lane said in his biography. “They have created something that was unique to country that nobody else had tried. That’s how I strive to create music, too. To infuse so many different aspects and influences into one unique sound, that always pushes forward.”
Jacobs said Lane — who will begin The Smooth Tour 2017 with Florida Georgia Line and Nelly in June — is the kind of performer that appeals to audiences beyond just country music fans.
“He’s the real deal. And he’s genuine,” Jacobs said of Lane, who recently performed on an episode of “The Bachelor.”
Jacobs said she believes Lane is the perfect choice for the Miami County Fair, which has hosted many up-and-comers who have gone on to become big stars.
“We started talking in late summer, early fall, and he was on the radar,” she said. “Ever since we got the contract signed in November, there’s been something positive in the news about him every week.”
Jacobs said the fair board has been trying to sign Covington native Clark Manson for several years.
“Because he is growing and everybody wants him. He is growing in his own right,” Jacobs said. “We are extremely happy to be having Clark.”
Manson, who has performed for three years at Country Concert in Fort Loramie, released his independent debut album “Runnin’ With The Night,” which appeared on Billboard’s Top 5 Heatseeker Chart, while his “I’m On It” EP went Top 10 on iTunes Country as an independent artist. As the 2015 TouchTunes Breakout band winner, Manson’s last single “Track 9” was featured on the Spotify “New Boots” play list, Music Row radio stations and Sirius XM The Highway.
“The stuff we’re putting out now is that summertime, feel good, arena kind of sound,” Manson said in his biography about his new single, “3 Wishes,” and new album. “When you hear it, you’re ready to party, you’re ready to do something fun.”
Jacobs said the concert will again be held on Sunday, because the options for talent are much better.
“The pool to choose from is better on a Sunday night, as many of the up-and-coming stars are not available on Fridays and Saturdays,” she said, explaining that they are out opening for established stars on Fridays and Saturdays.
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