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PRINCETON — One of the rising young stars in country music, Justin Moore, will perform at the annual Friday evening show at the Bureau County Fair in August. Moore is scheduled to take the stage Aug. 23.
Bureau County Fair volunteer marketing director Tracy Brenneman said the fair organizers have been trying to bring Moore to the fair for the past two years. That’s not unlike last year, when they brought Josh Turner to Princeton after a few years of trying to land his act. Over 39 years of putting on the shows, the fair has brought in established stars such as Johnny Cash and also has caught several stars whose careers were on their way up, such as Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton.
“It’s kind of our legacy; we tend to catch people when they’re jumping out of the starting blocks. We’ve been blessed,” Brenneman said this morning. “Every year we have a short list of about a half dozen artists that we try to book, and it’s kind of a luck of the draw, if they’re in the Midwest (in August).”
Brenneman said Moore produces a good balance of “outlaw country” songs as well as ballads one might expect from a family man.
He has two daughters, Ella, born in February 2009; and Kennedy born in November 2011, and his wife Kate, according to publicists. Moore is working on his third studio album and also preparing for his first headlining tour.
“He’s had four top ten songs here in the last couple years and a new album he’s going to be recording later this summer,” Brenneman said.
Moore tells his fans at all of his shows that he’s “proud to be from small town USA.” Case in point, he wrote and sang about growing up in Poyen, Ark., population 272, in his No. 1 hit, “Small Town USA.”
Advance publicity for Moore promises: “When he sings about a ‘rifle in a gun rack hanging in the back glass’ from his top 5 hit ‘Backwoods’, that’s the way it is in his hometown, where he learned how to hunt and fish from his grandpa, ‘PawPaw’, Tom Moore, and how to tend to the cattle and work the fields from his grandpa ‘Paw’, Charles Webb.”
Sales of his second album, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away?”, ensured his place as an established writer and artist. Moore signed on for the 2011 summer “Flatts Fest Tour” with Rascal Flatts. He finished 2011 with Miranda Lambert and then with Darius Rucker. He started January 2012 touring with Shelton. For more information on Moore, visit www.bigmachinelabelgroup.com.
Previous headliners Previous headliners at the Bureau County Fair, according to the fair website: •1948 Barn dance with Red Blanchard, the Sage Riders, Rex Allen & Otto •1961 The Lone Ranger Show •1964 Brenda Lee •1966 WLS Barn dance with Bob Atcher, Arkie, Red Blanchard, Johnson Sisters, Bobbie Thomas, Dolph Dewitt and the Sage Riders •1971 Roy Drusky •1976 Barbie Benton •1978 Mel Tillis •1979 Marty Robbins •1980 Barbara Mandrell •1981 Johnny Cash; Kenny Price & Gunilla Hutton (Hee Haw) and the Challengers •1982 the Statler Brothers; the Special Consensus Bluegrass Band; Chicago Knockers Mud Wrestling •1983 Charlie Pride •1984 Mickey Gilley and Ronnie Robbins; 2 for the Show Trio •1985 Tammy Wynette and Jerry Reed •1986 Charlie Mc Lain & Wayne Massey; Atlanta; and George Jones and the Mood Express •1987 Randy Travis; Ava Barber and Leroy Van Dyke •1988 Marie Osmond and the Bellamy Brothers •1989 Kathy Mattea and Mel Mc Daniel; the Nichols •1990 Tanya Tucker •1991 Ricky Skaggs and Joe Diffie •1992 Tracy Lawrence and Marty Stuart •1993 Mark Chesnutt •1994 Little Texas •1995 Confederate Railroad •1996 Billy Ray Cyrus •1997 Lonestar and David Lee Murphy •1998 Sawyer Brown •1999 Neal Mc Coy •2000 Kenny Chesney •2001 Terri Clark; Chris Cagle •2002 Brad Paisley •2003 Diamond Rio •2004 Tracy Byrd •2005 Trace Adkins •2006 Lonestar •2007 Blake Shelton •2008 Rodney Atkins •2009 Billy Currington and Heidi Newfield •2010 Craig Morgan •2011 Jerrod Niemann and Edens Edge •2012 Josh Turner
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