New Castle News

August 1, 2013

Nashville night: Three country music artists to perform in benefit concert at county fair

Lauren Fister
Special to the News

NEW CASTLE — A Country Music Festival is coming to the Lawrence County Fair.

Sponsored by the Keystone Blind Association of Lawrence County, the night will feature country music artists  Morgan Frazier, Frank Foster and Bucky Covington. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the fairgrounds grandstand.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.keystoneblind.org, by calling (724) 347-5501, or at the entrance of the fairgrounds during the week of the fair (Aug. 12-17).

Proceeds will benefit blind and severely visually impaired children and adults in local communities.

The show opens with talented female Texas star Morgan Frazier. Frazier’s debut single “Yellow Brick Road,” a cleverly written, tongue-in-cheek tune, has inspired an exclusive competition on her social media sites.

Frazier already has achieved some milestones that few artists reach in a lifetime. Among the most significant is the fact that she already has played three times on the Grand Ole Opry stage. She has been featured in Country Weekly Magazine and has been introduced at the Academy of Country Music awards.

Her debut record was released to country radio in April. Since then, she’s been crisscrossing America being introduced to radio programmers.

The next act comes out of Louisiana. Oil baby and down-home country boy Frank Foster sports his newest album called “Red Wings and Six Strings.” Upon its release, “Red Wings & Six Strings” soared to No. 2 on the iTunes Country Charts and debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard Country Albums Charts. It also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s South Central U.S. Regional Charts and stayed in the top 10 for months. For an unsigned, independent artist, this was no small feat.

Since hitting the road in June 2011, Foster has been selling out shows all over the South. He’s played everything from 500-capacity bars to 5,000-seat arenas.  Whether he’s opening for the likes of Jake Owen, Sawyer Brown or Randy Houser, or headlining a fair, festival or farm party, Foster is carving out his own path in country music.

The main act is American Idol star Bucky Covington. With his first album, Covingtown earned a place in the forefront of a new generation of country singers. He became the best-selling debut artist of the class of 2007, with the best first-week sales and highest Top 200 debut for any male country artist in 15 years.

He appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and other talk shows, became part of the Country Sings Disney project and appeared in “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” Now, with his second album, he leaves behind newcomer status and emerges as one of the true standouts in contemporary country music.

Covington has been working closely with an organization called Help the Good Guys, which provides immediate financial relief to injured or fallen firefighters and their families. His newest single from “Good Guys,” “Drinking Side of Country,” is a duet with Shooter Jennings, which Covington wrote and produced. The album also features several of Covington’s recent radio singles, including “I Wanna Be That Feeling.”

The major sponsors of the concert are GNC Credit Union, Faraone Brothers, Crane Room Grille and Central Heating and Plumbing.