POINT PLEASANT —Next week, County Music Stars Jo Dee Messina, Little Texas and Steel Magnolia, along with KISS tribute band, Mr. Speed, will all be found in the same place - the Mason County Fair.
The Mason County Fair (the state’s largest county fair), continues with its long standing tradition of bringing big acts into the area.
In addition to the diverse acts already mentioned, The Talleys, a favorite Southern gospel group will take the fair stage at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6. Tuesday is a special day at the fair reserved for Southern gospel music and includes a day of music leading up to the headliners, this year, The Talleys.
“This is one of America’s premier gospel groups,” Brian Billings, fair entertainment chairman said about The Talleys. “We are just elated to have them with us and look forward to a great evening of gospel music.”
The Talleys are known to many as one of the most beloved and respected groups in Christian music. The hallmarks of the “Talley” sound are their lush arrangements, close-knit harmonies and powerful vocals. According to their website, The Talleys’ top priority in concert is to lift up Christ in their music while presenting the message with class and excellence. They have enjoyed 10 number one singles, with two streaks of consecutive chart-toppers.
Wednesday night will bring something for the rock fans at the fair when Mr. Speed takes the stage at 9 p.m. From Cleveland, Ohio, and with 17 years of experience under their spandex, Mr. Speed continues to forge ahead writing their own chapter in KISSstory. The band has performed at countless KISS expos along with many club shows throughout the mid-west. The band believes in bridging the gap between KISS fans from the 1970’s and the new legions of the KISS Army to sustain the staying power of KISS’ music for generations. The band says it’s an awesome experience for them when parents and kids alike stand in unison to sing along to such classics like “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock And Roll All Nite”
“Wow!” Billings said. “These guys are just great. They look, act, dress and sound just like we remember back in the day.”
Then, at 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, the duo Steel Magnolia will play their country hits for the crowd. Steel Magnolia’s popular songs include “Keep on Lovin’ You” which peaked at number four on the charts. Other songs include “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)” and “Last Night Again.” Steel Magnolia consists of Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey, who were on season two of CMT’s Can You Duet? The duo won the competition that year and went on to record their music.
“This award winning duo will bring an amazing show to our fair stage,” Billings said.
At 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, fair goers will get two shows for the price of one when Lyndsey Highlander is the opening act for hit makers Little Texas.
“Two big shows, what a night of entertainment this will be,” Billings said. “We have a great newcomer that I know this area will enjoy once they hear Lyndsey Highlander and then following her show a group that truly needs no introduction…Little Texas.”
Highlander began chasing her dream in Nashville seven years ago and after a lot of hard work she finally had her biggest career move after being discovered by Jeff Howard an agent at APA. Together Jeff and Lyndsey work tirelessly to pursue Lyndsey’s career. Lyndsey’s massive sound and intimate story telling is coupled with her energetic stage presence and constant desire to engage the crowd. Lyndsey is working on recording her first EP, writing daily and tours the country regularly.
Little Texas has had numerous country hits, including, “God Blessed Texas” and “What Might Have Been” as well as “Kick A Little.”
The band was conceived in Nashville, Tenn., by a handful of guys in their early 20’s who were willing to do just about anything to bring their brand of rockin’ country to the forefront of the music industry. Before hitting the big time, the band crisscrossed America for three long years, playing every bar and honky-tonk from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Los Angeles, Calif., all the while writing songs that were destined to change the sound of modern country and perfecting a stage show that has been critically acclaimed worldwide.
Finally, closing out the fair, will be a lady who has had some major hits in Nashville - Jo Dee Messina. Messina’s show starts at 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10.
“One of country music’s favorite female artists,” Billings said about Messina. “This lady is just unbelievable. She brings high energy to her shows. Just look at the hits she has had and she is definitely a fan favorite.”
Messina has sold over five million albums, had nine number one singles and has earned two Grammy nominations in addition to awards by the CMA and ACM.
Jo Dee gained attention out of the box with “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “You’re Not In Kansas Anymore.” Her follow-up album, “I’m Alright,” exploded with its back-to-back-to-back chart-toppers “Bye Bye” (ASCAP’s Song of the Year), “I’m Alright” and “Stand Beside Me” made her a star. Jo Dee won the ACM’s Top New Female Vocalist award, the CMA Horizon award and the nod for Most Played Country Female of 1999 from Billboard. “The Burn” album entered the Country Albums chart at #1, went platinum and earned two Grammy nominations. Hits like “Lesson in Leavin’,” “Because You Love Me,” “Downtime,” “Bring On The Rain,” “That’s The Way” and “My Give A Damn’s Busted” would cement her reputation as one of country’s most loved and enduring hit-makers.
Along the way, Jo Dee earned a well-deserved reputation as an electric live performer, becoming one of the first women of country to mount a major headlining tour.