Wednesday, July 17th 8:00 p.m. “IC Fair Idol Contest”
2012 IC Fair Idol Contest Winner
This night is dedicated to the local talent of Independence county. This contest is for non-professional vocalist, of any age, who have never been paid for a performance. All contestants must presently reside in Independence County. Music or background must be provided by the contestant (may not be a band).
Prize money will be paid for the top three contestants:
1st Prize $1,000
2nd Prize $500
3rd Prize $250
Contestant selection will be made by audition on Saturday, June 29th. Registration will be from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Fair Grounds, Entertainment building. Auditions will begin immediately following registration, in the order of registration. 15 contestants will be selected to perform Thursday night, July 17th . The judges for this contest will not be from Independence County. Best of Luck to all contestants.
Thursday, July 18th 8:00 p.m. …….. Country Legends, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius
James Edward “Jim Ed” Brown (born April 1, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas) is an American country music singer who achieved fame in the 1950s with his two sisters as a member of The Browns. He later had a successful solo career from 1965 to 1974, followed by a string of major duet hits with Helen Cornelius through 1981. Brown is currently the host of the Country Music Greats Radio Show, a syndicated country music program from Nashville, Tennessee. Brown and his sisters, Maxine and Bonnie, moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas as children. They formed a singing group in the early 1950s and also sang individually until 1954, when Jim Ed and Maxine signed a record contract as a duo. They earned national recognition and a guest spot on Ernest Tubb‘s radio show for their humorous song “Looking Back To See”, which hit the top ten and stayed on the charts through the summer of 1954. Jim Ed and Maxine were joined in 1955 by 18-year-old Bonnie, and The Browns began performing on Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana. By the end of 1955, the trio was appearing on KWTO-AM in Springfield, Missouri, and had another top ten hit with “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow”, which got a boost by their national appearances on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee. They signed with RCA Victor in 1956, and soon had two major hits, “I Take the Chance” and “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing”. Brown continued to record for RCA and had a number of country hits, starting in 1965 while still with his sisters. In 1967, he released his first solo top ten hit, “Pop a Top“, which became his signature song. In 1970, he gained a crossover hit with “Morning” which went to No. 4 on the country charts and No. 47 on the pop charts. Other hits included “Angel’s Sunday” (1971), “Southern Loving” (1973), “Sometime Sunshine” (1974) and “It’s That Time Of Night” (1974).
Beginning in 1976, Brown released a string of major duet hits with Helen Cornelius starting with the No. 1 hit, “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You“. Other hits for the duo included “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye” (1977), “Born Believer” (1977), “I’ll Never Be Free” (1978), “If the World Ran Out of Love Tonight” (1978), “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” (a cover of the then-recent Neil Diamond-Barbra Streisand hit) (1979), “Lying In Love With You” (1979), “Fools” (1979), “Morning Comes Too Early” (1980) and “Don’t Bother to Knock” (1981).
Helen Cornelius (b. Helen Lorene Johnson, Dec. 6, 1941, Monroe City, Missouri) is an American country singer-songwriter and actress, best remembered for a series of hit duets with Jim Ed Brown, many of which reached the U.S. country singles top ten during the late 1970s and early ’80s. Cornelius grew up on a farm in Missouri; her older brothers played in country bands, and she formed a singing trio with sisters Judy and Sharon, who toured locally with the blessing of their father. Subsequently, Helen began touring on her own with a backup band called The Crossroads. In 1976, she recorded a duet, “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You” with Jim Ed Brown; it was a major success in America. Further solo singles failed to take off, but her next duet with Brown, “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye”, was another smash, and the pair began playing on the TV show Nashville on the Road. She continued to record with Brown, releasing the hits “I’ll Never Be Free”, “If the World Ran Out of Love Tonight”, “Don’t Bother to Knock”, “Lying in Love with You”, and finally notching a solo hit with “Whatcha Doin’ After Midnight Baby”. In 1981, after topping the U.S. country charts one last time with Brown with “Morning Comes too Early”, Cornelius separated with Brown, and enjoyed moderate success as a solo artist, touring with The Statler Brothers and performing in an Annie Get Your Gun road show. In 1988, she and Brown reunited for a nationwide tour. Cornelius opened Nashville South in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the 1990s, where she performed with a house band nightly. Early in the 2000s, she took a regular gig at the Jim Stafford Theater in Branson, Missouri. Most recently, Cornelius has appeared in the Country’s Family Reunion series.
Friday, July 19th 8:00 p.m. …………..Country Recording Artists, Ricochet
In 1996 the members of country super group Ricochet watched their debut single, “What Do I Know”, rise to the Top 5 earning the band the honor of the highest charting debut single of the year. The follow up single release, “Daddy’s Money”, became an immediate across the board hit, rising to #1 on the Radio & Records Country Singles Chart, the Gavin Country Singles Chart and the Billboard Country Singles Chart (where it stayed #1 for two consecutive weeks). The band’s distinctive musical style and intricate harmonies earned them the recognition as one of the most popular vocal groups in country music, a mantle they still wear today
Now, more than fifteen years later, “The Hardest Working Band In Country Music” is still going strong. The band continues to create great country music, sung with the distinctive harmonies that are their hallmark. They logs thousands of miles on the road each year thrilling audiences of all ages across the United States and abroad.
Heath Wright Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar & Fiddle
Greg Cook Vocals & Bass Guitar
Dwayne Dupuy Vocals & Keyboards
Justin Spears Vocals, Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin
Chris Hempfling Vocals & Drums
• Ricochet’s debut single, “What Do I Know”, was the highest charting debut single of 1996 rising to #3 in R&R and #5 in Billboard. The follow up release, “Daddy’s Money”, was #1 in R&R, Billboard, Gavin and Country Network.
• Recognized as one of Country Music’s hardest working groups, Ricochet has performed thousands of shows over the past 15+ years. Ricochet will perform over 100 shows in North America this year.
• Ricochet is the only the only country artist to ever chart our National Anthem and is in constant demand to perform it live. They have performed the anthem for our men and women in uniform, at NASCAR Sprint Cup Events, at Major League Baseball Events, at National Football League Events, at National Hockey League Events, at PBR and PRCA Professional Rodeo Events and others national events.
• In addition to eight nationally broadcast, high rotation music videos, Ricochet has made repeated national network television appearances including The Tonight Show, Prime Time Country, The Grand Ole Opry, Crook & Chase, The CMA Awards, The ACM Awards, The CCMA Awards, Speedvision and many others.
• Ricochet has headlined 2 USOTours: Operation Season’s Greetings 2000 toJapanandKorea, and Operation Season’s Greetings 2001 which took the group toSpain,Sicily,Germany,Macedonia,Turkey, andPortugalto perform for the men and women of our Armed Services.
• In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Ricochet performed inWashingtonDC at the annual ceremony to present the Grateful Nation Award, established in 2003, to six young heroes chosen from each of the five branches of the U.S. Military and the U.S. Special Operations Command. The award, presented by JINSA, recognizes these young service men and women for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the War on Terrorism.
Top New Vocal Group Academy of Country Music
Group of the Year Radio & Records Reader’s Poll
Top New Country Artist Billboard Magazine
Most Valuable Performer Radio & Records
Favorite New Group or Duo Country Weekly Golden Pick Award
Top Vocal Group Nominee Academy of Country Music
Vocal Group Of The Year Finalist Country Music Association
Favorite Duo or Group Nominee 3rd Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Top Selling Artist CMA Music Fest
“What Do I Know” Top 5
“Daddy’s Money” #1 in R&R, Billboard, Gavin & Country
“Love Is Stronger Than Pride” Top 10
“Ease My Troubled Mind” Top 20
“He Left A Lot To Be Desired” Top 20
“The Star Spangled Banner”
“Blink Of An Eye” Top 40
“Connected At The Heart” Top 40
“Can’t Stop Thinkin’ ‘Bout That” Top 40
“Seven Bridges Road” Top 40
“Do I Love You Enough” Top 40
“She’s Gone” Top 40
“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”
“That’s Love” #1 Power Source, April 2005
“I Had To Be Me”
“Feel Like Fallen’”
“My Christmas List”
Saturday, July 21 st 8:00 p.m ………Country Legend, Billy Joe Royal
Born in Valdostaand raised in Marietta in 1942, Royal became a local star at Savannah, Georgia’s Bamboo Ranch in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for the 1965 US Top 10 pop hit “Down in the Boondocks,” which, along with the singles “I Knew You When” (Top 20, 1965) and “Hush” (1967), were written and produced by Joe South. His 1969 single, “Cherry Hill Park,” peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1In the 1970s his recording of “Heart’s Desire” gained popularity for Northern soul enthusiasts and was regularly played in Northern soul nightclubs.
Billy Joe Royal’s career experienced a major second wind during the 2000s due to regular airplay on Oldies radio stations. His music was further exposed to younger generations through a movement known as by The Beat Army, an online music forum based on Facebook, which is operated by author and music producer, Paul Collins. Royal continues to tour regularly, performing concerts at casinos, music festivals and clubs in Canada, theUnited States, Japan and throughout Europe. Royal’s setlists include a mixture of songs representing multiple genres from the 1960s-present.
Bill Joe Royal plays Robert Ally in the Indie Western film “Glass Bullets for Broken Hearts” co starring country singer Cody McCarver.