The 2013 Scioto County Fair will be held August 5th - 10th.
The Lost Trailers' Stokes Nielson (singer-songwriter and guitarist) and Ryder Lee (lead singer and keyboardist) began making music together in high school, writing and recording demos on a short trip to Nashville in the late '90s. They also roomed together at Vanderbilt University and collaborated on a musical interpretation of a series of short stories.
Bassist Andrew Nielson (Stokes' younger brother) and drummer Jeff Potter attended the same high school and were the first recruits once Stokes and Lee began performing the songs they'd recorded. Guitarist Manny Medina joined shortly thereafter.
Then working as a Nashville DJ, Stokes Nielson gave Willie Nelson a demo during an interview in 2000, which prompted Nelson to invite the band to play his annual Fourth of July picnic.
The Georgia band's name came after a trailer full of instruments and equipment was stolen in their first year together. The name was meant to be an inside joke, but it started to seem prophetic by the time their third instrument trailer disappeared in 2004.
Nashville producer Blake Chancey, whose credits include projects with the Dixie Chicks, Waylon Jennings and Charlie Robison, saw the Lost Trailers at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas, and offered to work with the band. The Lost Trailers then teamed with BNA Records which will release their major label debut in 2006, followed by the top 10 hit Holler Back in 2008. The Lost Trailers were recognized by Mediabase as the most played new country band of 2008. Nielson's songwriting, which was also being noticed by other artists, has helped propel the band upward as well. Neilson was one of the few outside songwriters on Grammy Award recipient Zac Brown Band's Double Platinum Album "The Foundation".The Lost Trailers accolades include snagging 3 ACM Nominations and several Top 20 hits on country radio while opening for Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jamey Johnson and many others. The Lost Trailers continued touring through 2010, first as opener for Tim McGraw's attendance shattering tour with Lady Antebellum, then as a part of the Inaugural Country Throwdown Tour with Montgomery Gentry and Jamey Johnson.
In the summer of 2011, singer/songwriter Jason Wyatt joined Nielson, launching the next chapter of The Lost Trailers. Wyatt spent years honing his live performance chops and songwriting skills in venues around West Texas, where he developed a reputation as a vocal gunslinger. Together they share the same vision, passion and excitement for making great music, and have found a unique similarity in their desire to write music that speaks to the heart of the everyday person – real music that their fans can relate to.The Lost Trailers are currently preparing a new release for radio and reatil, which was partly recorded in Abbey Road with legendary producer Eddie Kramer.
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Lauren Alaina once told an interviewer that she wanted to perform at the Grand Ole Opry by the time she was 16. "You've got high hopes," she was told. As it turns out, she hadn't begun to envision all that was in store for her before entering her junior year in high school.
She was the runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol, where her strong vocal performances earned comparisons to the genre's premier vocalists, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. In January, The New York Times called her "the best singer so far this season." A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for Lauren and Idol winner Scotty McCreery. The final show garnered 29.3 million viewers and 38.6 million people tuned in to see the winner's name announced.
Soon after, she made her much-anticipated Opry debut to sing her debut hit, "Like My Mother Does." "I dreamed since I was a kid of being on that stage because my daddy grew up playing the banjo and he's really good at it," she says. "He always wanted me to perform at the Grand Ole Opry because he never got the chance. When I was little, he told me he wanted me to perform there and it would be as good as him getting to, and he was there. I need someone to pinch me because it was just the way it was supposed to be."
But she barely had time to reflect on her accomplishment because the achievements are coming fast and furious. Last summer, she was a cheerleader and pizza parlor employee. This summer, she signed a record deal with Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope, presented at the CMT Music Awards and joined Martina McBride in a duet of "Anyway" at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. She's started recording her debut album and is now on the American Idols Live tour, which travels across the nation through September.
Although the venues and audience sizes have drastically changed in the last year, she's still doing what she's always done--singing for anyone who would listen whenever she got the chance.
She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and raised in nearby Rossville, Ga., by her father, J.J., a chemical technician, and mother, Kristy, a transcriptionist. It was a musical household because her mother and older brother, Tyler, sang and her father is a multi-instrumentalist. Her parents played country and rock music in the house and Lauren found that she favored music – adult songs, not those made for children -- to television and was especially drawn to Shania Twain, Aerosmith and the Dixie Chicks.
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John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael's rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.
It is readily apparent in love songs that have helped set the standard for a generation. Songs like "I Swear," "I Love the Way You Love Me" and "I Can Love You Like That" still resonate across the landscape--pop icon and country newcomer Jessica Simpson cited "I Love The Way You Love Me" as an influence in a recent interview. It is apparent in the 2004 hit "Letters From Home," one of the most moving tributes to the connection between soldiers and their families ever recorded, and in "The Little Girl," a tale of redemption that plumbs both the harrowing and the uplifting. It is apparent even in the pure fun that has always found its way into John Michael's repertoire--songs like "Be My Baby Tonight" and "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)," where John Michael's vocal earnestness takes musical whimsy to another level.
Now, with the release of Time Flies, which he co-produced with Byron Gallimore, John Michael takes another big step forward, strengthening his position as one of the most versatile and compelling vocalists on the country scene. With songs like "Forever" and "If You Ever Went Away," he proves he is still the master of the power ballad, a man capable of bringing honest emotion to life in song. He brings his ever-present sense of humor to bear on "With My Shirt On" and "Mad Cowboy Disease," songs with wickedly skewed sensibilities. With songs like "Drunkard's Prayer" and "All In A Day" he explores two dramatic facets of human existence, and with "Brothers Till The End," John Michael celebrates the family background that led both him and his brother Eddie, of Montgomery Gentry, from a small-time family band to the top of the charts.
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