Chris Janson and Cadillac Three to perform at the fair on August 7

Chris Janson, award-winning recording artist and songwriter, who sells platinum records, will headline the Saturday night grandstand show at the Monroe County Fair on August 7.

Janson, who has recorded hits like “Done” and “Good Vibes”, will be the main attraction of the 8 pm show in the salon grandstand. The opening for him will be The Cadillac Three.

Tickets will go on sale soon, details being worked out with the artists, said Darryl Diamond, director of the fair. Spectators can check the fair’s website ( or watch an ad in the Monroe News when tickets are ready to be sold, Diamond said.

Those attending the concert are reminded that they will also have to pay the general admission fee of $ 6 to enter the fairgrounds that day.

Diamond said the fair signed Janson to play at the 2020 fair before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the fair and its entertainment agency, Variety Attractions, had worked with Janson to return this year to perform.

The director said at this point, the fair plans to not exceed 7,500 spectators for the concert in order to meet attendance reduction guidelines set by the state. The governor’s announcement last week that Phase 1 of the reopening of all outdoor venues on June 1 gives the fair board hope that all restrictions will be lifted before the fair.

“It got us very excited,” Diamond said on Friday. “We hope to have a normal fair.”

Country singer Chris Janson to perform on August 7 at the Monroe County Fair

Janson recorded three full albums – Buy Me a Boat, Everybody and Real Friends – via Warner Bros. Records in Nashville, TN.

Last August, Janson, 35, returned to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay charts with his hit single “Done”. The “beautiful storytelling” he made in the song that resonated with fans stems from the actual moment Janson met his wife, Billboard said. “A champion for emerging songwriters, he wrote the ‘true country excellence’ of his own love story alongside early Hitlerites Mitch Oglesby, Jamie Paulin and Matt Roy.”

“The moment I saw my wife Kelly for the first time, I knew that was it. I was done, ”Janson said. “This song is about knowing right away that I would work my whole life to make her happy. It’s the truth. That’s why it’s so special.

“Done” has won over 35 million streams and is the second consecutive Billboard No. 1 for Janson, following the Gold certified hit “Good Vibes”. He recently shared the song’s message of positivity in a performance on the Country Music Association’s Summer Stay-Cay virtual special in 2020. The multi-instrumentalist also joined the CMA Foundation for its Summer Music Camp, an initiative that engages musicians and music teachers to lead a variety of online sessions. Janson gave harmonica lessons during one of the sessions.

He has charted several singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. In addition to his material, Janson has performed on albums by Holly Williams and Lee Brice and co-wrote singles for Tim McGraw, LoCash and Randy Houser.

According to his press biography, Janson is not your typical country artist. “He operates on a whole different wavelength, and with his second album, Everybody, we’re all listening!”

Country singer Chris Janson

Both a crowd-pleasing game on the historic Grand Ole Opry and a maker of viral hits, Janson straddled the divide between the country’s past and future, according to the biography. “A self-taught multi-instrumental wizard; a red fireball of an artist; and a gifted songwriter whose deep messages are often delivered with a smart and light smirk, connoisseurs recognize Janson as one of the genre’s most captivating phenomena.

Artists such as Keith Urban and Vince Gill have named Janson as their choice for Artist of the Year while other artists as diverse as Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Justin Moore, LoCash and many more have recorded his songs.

After the decisive success of his career with his Platinum certified album “Buy Me a Boat” which was ranked among the 5 best albums of the year, Janson let his creativity run free. “With Everybody, he combines all the elements that make him unique, once and for all,” the biography said.

Each song on the album was co-written by Janson himself and then co-produced with a top-tier crew consisting of Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Scott Hendricks and Craig Wiseman. And once that was over, he decided to call it Everyone, because that’s who it is for, he said.

The exuberant realism of “Buy Me a Boat” returns in “Fix a Drink”, the album’s first single and one of the fastest hits of her career.

“With this one you really get a feel for who I am,” he said of Everyone. “No one will ever be able to wonder if it’s real or not, or if I’m really that guy.” I experienced all of these songs, I wrote all of these songs and they all come from an absolutely real place.

The title track “Everybody” features a heart-pounding groove and some celebrity-inspired laughter inspired by the company, while “Redneck Life” puts the hammer down for a wild eyed cocktail of punk and country that the singer describes. like “Social Distortion meets Waylon Jennings. It offers the best glimpse to date of Janson’s 100 mph concerts on the harmonica.

The devoted family man of his Top 20 hit “Holdin ‘Her” is again revealed through slow and heart-wrenching jams like “Bein’ a Dad”, “Eyes for Nobody” (dedicated to his wife) and the misleading track “Drunk Girl ”, which despite its title is actually a superb piano ballad about personal integrity.

Southern folk rock band Cadillac Three will perform on August 7 at the Monroe County Fair and open for Chris Janson's main show that evening.

The Cadillac Three (TC3), originally known as The Cadillac Black, is an American southern rock band comprised of Jaren Johnston (vocals, guitar), Kelby Ray (lap steel guitar, bass, vocals) and Neil Mason (drums, vocals)). All three members were originally in the American Bang group. The group released three albums through Big Machine Records and recorded three singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. In addition to their own work, Johnston has written singles for Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Steven Tyler, Dallas Smith, and Jake Owen.

With an average of 140 shows per year, TC3 performs almost every week.

“It’s grueling and engaged work, but Jaren, Neil and Kelby wouldn’t want it any other way,” the group’s bio said. “Fans of the band wouldn’t either, who make pilgrimages to see The Cadillac Three and often go to an entire weekend of concerts.

Spending their formative years playing music together in basements and garages laid the groundwork for the band to put their own spin on each new record.

“They open together a time capsule of their musical history and develop some of the grooves of the band’s ‘Country Fuzz’ release with a new offering called ‘Tabasco & Sweet Tea’ via Big Machine Records. Dropping the sound whirlwind with little warning, the new album is a welcome break from the ordinary and the stress felt around the world, ”the biography said.

“When we finished the last album we knew we were just touching the surface with songs like ‘The Jam’ to find out where we could go musically and we found ourselves inspired to dive into those sounds that we didn’t have. never explored before as a group, ”Mason explains. “We’ve always had a lot of influences, but we ended up thinking about what we were listening to in high school – The Meters, Stevie Wonder, Medeski Martin & Wood and John Scofield.

Johnston said the album was a “science project… constantly moving in different directions, but keeping a cohesive feel throughout. We kind of have this innate thing after all these years, so it’s cool to stretch into new musical spaces with elements of a DJ set flowing from track to track, but mixed in with the Funk vibes from the 80s and jam band flow on hardcore. country lyrics. »Tabasco & Sweet Tea explores hybrid sounds through the 11 tracks.

“Their loud but good-natured freewheeling vibe erupts with the title track and ends the streak with a calling card biography, ‘Sabbath On Cornbread,’ to boost the electricity of the band’s live performance,” the biography said.

“We wouldn’t be where we are without our fans,” said bassist Ray. “We lost the ability to tour and we know a lot of our fans have also lost their ability to work consistently this year, so we wanted to find a way to deliver this album in the most cost effective way possible.”

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