Wednesday, July 16th 8:00 p.m. “IC Fair Idol Contest”
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 28, 2014. 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. A total of 15 contestants will be selected to perform Wednesday, July 16th . The judges for this contest, as well as the auditions, will not be from Independence County. Best of Luck to all contestants. Please feel free to call Ms. Pam Lloyd at 870-612-4446 should you have any questions.
Thursday, July 17th 8:00 p.m. …….. J. R. Rogers and the All Stars
Join in the fun on Thursday evening during the 94th Independence County Fair! Everyone who attends the J.R. Rogers and the All Stars show is certain to enjoy themselves as they are taken back into the 50′s! Put on your bobby socks and roll up your blue jeans for a “rock-n-roll good time!!” We hope to see you there!!!
Friday, July 18th 8:00 p.m. ……….Country Recording Artist, Lorrie Morgan
Loretta Lynn Morgan was born to make music. Barely a teenager when she made her first, and everlasting, impression on country music fans, its legends and the community, Lorrie Morgan, a child of the Opry, staked her claim as being one of the youngest to have made her debut at the Mother Church of Country. Taking center stage at the Grand Ole Opry, alongside her father, George Morgan, young Miss Morgan performed her rendition of “Paper Roses.” –Lorrie Morgan, however, was no “imitation,” she was as pure and authentic as a freshwater pearl.
Three short years later, after her dad’s passing, Lorrie became a road warrior to launch her own career, touring with her father’s band. Walking in her father’s footsteps, she kept his memory alive while winning countless fans encroaching her rights to become a front-and-center entertainer. Applauded for her talents and commitment to country music and her heritage, Lorrie made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of twenty-five; Lorrie was the youngest person ever to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Today, Lorrie has become the essence of country music femininity. Having blossomed from a bright-eyed Opry starlet to carrying the torch for many a lady trendsetter—Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette—Lorrie Morgan has become a renaissance woman of the genre recognized as royalty by her fans and her peers. Lorrie’s confidence in her sexuality opened the door for many a female artist who walked in her path; her glamour and grace brought “Hollywood” to the format.
“One of my biggest struggles in the earlier years was to gain confidence in myself as a performer–to close a show behind a singer’s singer, an artist who was on the cusp of the cutting edge, or a known fan favorite. It took me a while to see myself as a stylist–that I no longer had to sing other artists’ songs; I could sing my own and create my own identity. I’ve finally grown into my own shoes and they’re mighty comfortable.”
Saturday, July 19th 8:00 p.m …….Country Legends, The Bellamey Brothers
For more than 30 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been an unassuming picture of consistency in Country music, crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Even more remarkable is the fact that they’ve remained relevant in a genre that has become increasingly enamored with style over substance, glitz over grit, and fleeting celebrity over artistic vision. Yet Howard and David Bellamy have weathered the trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with numerous No. 1 hits on both the Pop and Country charts.
Howard and David Bellamy were influenced early in their career while touring with R&B acts like Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd and Little Anthony & the Imperials. Later, the duo benefited from time spent around the blossoming Country/Rock scene in Atlanta, Ga. After moving to the West Coast in the early ‘70s, however, the Brothers developed their own sound and scored perhaps the biggest hit of their career in 1976 with “Let Your Love Flow.” The song was a smash in both the U.S. and Europe, shooting to the top of the Pop charts and helping establish an international fan base that still eagerly awaits the Bellamys’ annual pilgrimage overseas.
The Brothers continued to produce No.1 hit after No. 1 hit in the years that followed, totaling more than a dozen chart-topping singles in the U.S. and Europe. “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me),” “Sugar Daddy,” “Dancin’ Cowboys,” “Do You Love As Good As You Look,” “Redneck Girl,” “When I’m Away From You,” “I Need More Of You,” “Old Hippie,” “Kids of the Baby Boom,” “Too Much Is Not Enough,” “Crazy From the Heart,” “Santa Fe” and “I Could Be Persuaded” are just some of the Bellamys’ Top Ten hits that populated the Pop/Rock and Country charts from the ‘70s into the ‘90s.
As the last decade of the millennium gathered steam, so did the Brothers’ creativity. They started their own label (Bellamy Brothers Records) in 1992, producing six independent albums in the ‘90s and several more for exclusive release in Europe on Jupiter Records. It was also a period that prepared the Bellamys for a record number of nominations (since 2000) at the CMA and ACM Awards in the Duo category – another highlight in a career that has unmistakably influenced many of today’s most successful duo acts, including Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and Brooks & Dunn, to name just a few.
Today, the Bellamys’ dedicated domestic and international fan base continues to allow the legendary brothers to tour around the globe at their leisure, having performed for fans and military personnel in just about every country imaginable. It’s a routine that has yet to get old for the pair.
“Touring has always been the lifeblood of our career,” says David. “We’re very fortunate in that a lot of our songs were hits around thtouring for us continues to be the most basic, grassroots connection with the people who like our music.”
The Bellamy Brothers’ success and longevity in the Country and Pop genres is a feat that few acts have duplicated, though one many have envied. What began as an unlikely duo from Darby, Florida has emerged 35 years later as one of the most successful and respected groups in Country music history. And they’re still going strong…