Sam Hunt to Perform at Canfield Fair on September 4th

Sam Hunt to Perform at Canfield Fair on September 4th

May 16, 2022 – Canfield, OH – Country music star Sam Hunt will perform at the Canfield Fair in Canfield, Ohio on Sunday, September 4 with special guests Ryan Hurd and Lily Rose. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com starting Friday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. ET. Ticket Prices: $125.50, $89.50, $69.50, $55.00, $42.50 About Sam Hunt “It felt like the beginning of the next chapter in my life,” says Sam Hunt of finishing his second studio album, SOUTHSIDE. Daring in both its emotional heft and sonic explorations, the set arrives April 3.

Hunt made his remarkable debut back in 2014 with Montevallo, a revealing self-portrait told via a pastiche of sounds native to Hunt’s Georgia hometown: country, hip-hop, and R&B. The collection went triple platinum and logged four No.1 Country Airplay singles, a first for any male in the history of the genre off of a first album. Singles like “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,” “House Party,” and “Break Up in a Small Town,” all platinum certified in their own right, each also enjoyed true crossover success. All four cracked the Top 30 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. But fame and fandom have curious effects on creativity, Hunt found. And while working on his followup, there were moments where he felt the weight of public perception and expectation. “I knew too much,” he says, “there was a lot more to consider.

I didn’t know what I wanted to say—how I wanted it to sound.” He stopped writing entirely for two years. “I questioned what was next for me,” he confides. He searched for a breakthrough with a variety of pop and hip-hop producers, all eager to try on a variety of sounds. (“I did a lot of over-thinking,” he quips, recalling the quest.) Direction arrived instead when Hunt reunited with names familiar to those who’ve studied the Montevallo liner notes: powerhouse songwriters Josh Osborne (Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw) and Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett) and songwriter-producer Zach Crowell, who helmed the soundboard for SOUTHSIDE. “There’s a beauty to writing with people who know you well,” he says, “people who you spend a lot of days with—people who you have had conversations with about what you want to do and people who know what your limitations are. They know what’s authentic, in terms of what kind of song you want to write.” Re-embracing that team became an obvious choice. “The progress spoke for itself,” he explains. “The greatest thing about them is that they have opinions and they’re assertive. We all take that approach with each other in the studio.” In doing so, it brought him back to the way he used to pen songs, straight from the heart. “I had to lose some of the calculation,” he recalls. “It had become too mechanical.”

It became about, again, “letting the emotion lead; using more heart than head when it comes to writing.” In Osborne, in particular, he found a partner in his heady approach to songcraft. “When we have an idea, Josh and I will sit and talk out all the ways not to write it, and all the best ways to write it,” Hunt explains. It takes time, but the extra effort is, for the 35-year-old, a necessary part of the process. “We put a fine-tooth comb to a song. He’s willing to do that—a lot of people won’t.” Together, they fashioned songs that snake between open-hearted, Nineties country (“2016,” “Let It Down,” “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s”), sizzling R&B (“Nothing Lasts Forever”), and brooding speak-singing confessions (“That Ain’t Beautiful,” a set standout). “Young Once” sees Hunt turn nostalgia into the sounds of the future, laying a soulful missive over airy atmospherics and a glitchy drum loop. And on “Sinning With You,” he ruminates on his ever-evolving faith over choral effects and reverb soaked strings. One-upping the old adage that country music is just “three chords and the truth,” here, he makes magic with only two. Hunt has sent shockwaves through the industry before, moving the very mainstream of the genre towards his hip-hop inflected fare following the release of Montevallo, and he finds welcome new terrain again with the irresistible “Hard to Forget.”

Currently climbing the Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, Hunt warps a Webb Pierce sample (1953’s No.1 “There Stands the Glass”) into a drop, mixing in a boom-thwack beat. The results are downright euphoric; a true celebration of musical innovation. Releases from years past, “Drinkin’ Too Much,” “Downtown’s Dead” and “Body Like A Backroad,” all of which dropped between 2017 and 2018, also each find a home on SOUTHSIDE. “I kept a list of song titles, and for some reason it just didn’t look complete without them,” he admits. “I kept thinking about it from the perspective of 10 years from now, looking back—those are all part of this moment and this part of my career.” A perfect set of musical bookends, the album opens with the regret-laden “2016,” one of Hunt’s finest vocal performances yet, and closes with the sparse “Drinkin’ Too Much,” which was shared to Soundcloud on New Year’s Eve 2017. Both arrived via moments of profound impulse, he recalls, nights where you just “pull out your guitar and an idea falls out.”

Stunning in their vulnerability, they’re the very antithesis of the standard Nashville co-write fare. “Sometimes, it can all get too cute,” says Hunt. “It feels like everything’s gotta be some kind of wordplay—something that’s super clever. Songs don’t always have to do that.” Both “2016” and “Drinkin’ Too Much” lament years blown off course by celebrity. “I became a version of myself that I’m not,” he admits. “I learned a lesson I should have already known: That pursuing something that the world tells you that you should covet comes at a price. How much are you willing to give up for that thing? I wanted to tell that story, but make sure that people heard it from somebody who had gone through this whole thing, for whatever it’s worth.” That “Drinkin’ Too Much” wraps with a delicate piano outro of the traditional hymn “How Great Thou Art,” played by Hunt’s now-wife, Hannah, was only fitting, he says. “Even if 99% of people don’t know that she played on it, I believe there’s an energy attached to certain things.

That it will go through the speakers, and that person listening will pick up on that, whether they know what they’re picking up on or not.” As for the title, Hunt says it perfectly encapsulates the duality of where he hails, something ever evident in his music. “It captures the urban and rural side of my upbringing,” he explains. “I associate that word with a lot of the music I grew up listening to; the different artists I grew up listening to—and the place that I’m from.” Put more simply: “It felt like this record. It felt like me.”

John Fogerty to Perform at the Canfield Fairgrounds

John Fogerty to Perform at the Canfield Fairgrounds

May 16, 2022 – Canfield, OH – American treasure artist John Fogerty will perform at the Canfield Fair in Canfield, Ohio on Monday, September 5 with special guest Hearty Har. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com starting Friday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. ET. Ticket Prices: $99.50, $75.00, $55.00, $45.00, $35.00

John Fogerty is a true American treasure.  As leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound all his own, equal parts blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie, and Southern fried rock ‘n’ roll, all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective.  Fogerty is a Grammy winner and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

He is the only musician to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his song, “Centerfield,” a staple at baseball stadiums across the country.  Among Fogerty’s many hit songs, both as a solo artist and as leader of CCR, highlights include “Centerfield,” “Proud Mary,” “Susie Q,” “Fortunate Son,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” among many others.  In 2019, Fogerty celebrated 50 years in music with a worldwide tour including a return appearance at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater.  His most recent show, “My 50 Year Trip,” a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, features a collection of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) hits, including songs from the set list of his performance at the legendary Woodstock music festival in 1969 among other fan favorites. 

An album, “50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks,” was released on November 8, 2019.  In April 2020, while self-quarantining together the Fogerty Family, featuring John with his sons Shane, Tyler and daughter Kelsy, gathered in their home studio to play some music together. A weekly video series began and became so popular that a digital EP, Fogerty’s Factory, was released via BMG on Fogerty’s 75th Birthday, May 28, 2020. An extended, Fogerty’s Factory full album was released on November 20, 2020.

Brett Eldredge Coming to the Amphitheatre in downtown Youngstown

Brett Eldredge Coming to the Amphitheatre in downtown Youngstown

Brett Eldredge is sharing more exciting news today, announcing his upcoming Songs About You Tour and releasing the simmering new track, “Wait Up For Me, alongside its official music video. Eldredge will headline several dates across North America for the tour, including stops in California and New York. He will be coming to Youngstown Foundation Apmphitheatre in downtown Youngstown on August 4. 

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Featuring his signature vocal clothed only in the sleepless seduction of a grand piano, “Wait Up For Me” was co-written by Eldredge alongside Mark Trussell and Heather Morgan. The intimate song will be included on his forthcoming fifth studio album, Songs About You, due June 17.

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 “Mark [Trussell] and I started writing this song by the fireplace in Montana,” Eldredge explained. “He was playing around with some chords on the piano and I just started singing and putting a sexy feel to it. Heather [Morgan] was dealing with some altitude sickness that day and was resting at the time but suddenly she appeared out of nowhere with this amazing line – ‘I’m gonna keep you warm like a furnace in the winter // you can cool me off like a summertime breeze.’ She arose from her slumber and just jumped right in!” Eldredge “continues with his brand of smooth, easygoing grooves that highlight his endless vocal charisma” (Billboard) on the album’s title track and lead single, “Songs About You” (LISTEN HERE).

Written by Eldredge, Jessie Jo Dillon and Ben West, the “jazzy mid-tempo heartbreak anthem” (CMT) is climbing the country radio charts now. The lyrics namecheck lines from classics like Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark,” Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” as Eldredge works through the memories of an old flame, sparked by music he hears throughout the day. Songs About You will feature 12 songs co-written by Eldredge including the previously released “Want That Back” and “Holy Water.” These latest releases follow his seven country-radio No. 1’s, nine Gold and Platinum-certified singles, two Gold-certified albums, multiple CMA, ACM and CMT Music nominations and wins and most recently, his critically acclaimed fourth studio record, Sunday Drive.

Jake Owen: Up There Down Here Tour Coming to Youngstown

Jake Owen: Up There Down Here Tour Coming to Youngstown

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Extending his just-announced headlining Up There Down Here Tour, multi- platinum country star Jake Owen adds 12 fall dates to the run today.

The unique trek tacks on more nationwide stops, including a night close to home at The Caverns in Pelham, Tenn. Last night, the summer and fall-long tour launched to a packed-out crowd at Troy, Ohio’s Hobart Arena. Tonight, Owen will take the stage at Louisville’s Old Forester’s Paristown Hall to help ring in the Kentucky Derby, and rounds out the weekend at HSV Amphitheater in Huntsville, Ala.

Tickets for the fall leg of the Up There Down Here Tour are on sale next Friday, May 13 here.

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As he hits the open highway with 45 tour dates to go, Owen’s windows-down anthem “Best Thing Since Backroads” gains momentum, climbing inside the Top 15 at country radio this week. Last Friday, the Florida native added to his arsenal of all new music with “1×1,” a song that Billboard calls “a sweet romantic ode with a clever hook” and praises, “as always, Owen’s warm earnest vocal sells it spectacularly.”

UP THERE DOWN HERE FALL TOUR DATES:

Sept. 29 – Youngstown, Ohio – The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre Oct. 13 – Rosemont, Ill. – Rosemont Theatre*

Oct. 14 – Saint Charles, Mo. – The Family Arena*

Oct. 15 – West Plains, Mo. – West Plains Civic Center*

Oct. 20 – Mankato, Minn. – Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center – Grand Hall* Oct. 21 – Kearney, Neb. – Viaero Center*

Oct. 22 – Ottumwa, Iowa – Bridge View Center – Expo Hall* Nov. 3 – West Valley City, Utah – Maverik Center*

Nov. 4 – Loveland, Colo. – Budweiser Events Center* Nov. 5 – Dodge City, Kan. – United Wireless Arena* Nov. 10 – Owensboro, Ky. – Owensboro Sports Center* Nov. 12 – Pelham, Tenn. – The Caverns

* with Travis Denning + Mackenzie Carpenter

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ABOUT JAKE OWEN

Jake Owen ascended to stardom with nine #1 smashes, six top-charting albums and multi-platinum hits, including genre staple “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” Known for his laid-back style of country, Owen’s latest album, GREETINGS FROM…JAKE (Big Loud Records) delivered three #1 hits – “Made For You,” “Homemade” and “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” – and Top 5 smash “Down to the Honkytonk.” Praised by Billboard as a “country-grounded odyssey,” GREETINGS FROM…JAKE followed popular album AMERICAN LOVE, which debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His current single “Best Thing Since Backroads” is Top 15 and climbing at country radio now.

Lynyrd Skynyrd announced, Coming to downtown Youngstown

Lynyrd Skynyrd announced, Coming to downtown Youngstown

Youngstown, OH – Lynyrd Skynyrd will take the stage at The Covelli Centre on Friday, July 22, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 13 at 10:00 am at Ticketmaster.com and at the Southwoods Health Box Office. 

About Lynyrd Skynyrd 
In 2018, Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, announced that, after a career that has spanned more than 40 years and includes a catalog of more than 60 albums with more than 30 million units sold, they would embark on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the career-concluding farewell tour logged over 50 stops by the end of 2018. In 2019 Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Rickey Medlocke sat down with Dan Rather for a candid conversation on The Big Interview during the first leg of their farewell tour. Reflecting on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s enduring legacy and their fans around the world, Rossington told Rather, “It takes a long time to finish a farewell tour when you’re like us, ‘cause we’ve played everywhere… I keep jokin’ it’d take ten years to do the farewell tour.”

However, like many things since COVID hit last year, their Farewell tour has been put on pause.  Lead singer, Johnny Van Zant said, ‘this past year has been very difficult on so many people, including us and our families.  I think you realize once something is taken away from you, you truly realize how important it is and such a part of your life.’   Original member and guitarist Gary Rossington added, ‘you know, we were in the last part of the Farewell Tour when COVID turned our world upside down.  And since that time, we have been talking amongst the band, and realized that music has such a way of healing.  Maybe it’s not our time to go? 

And maybe it’s our time to lift people’s spirits and lives and bring back some joy and happiness after so much turmoil this past year. This country and the world have been through a lot this past year with COVID. We’re still standing, still keeping the music going. We want to do the guys who aren’t with us any prouder, and keep the name proud, too.” The legendary rockers are best known for the RIAA Platinum-certified “Sweet Home Alabama” and self-proclaimed signature song, “Free Bird,” that Rolling Stone said was “easily the most requested live song in existence.” With everlasting hits such as “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “What’s Your Name,” “Call Me The Breeze,” “You Got that Right,” and more, it is easy to see why Rolling Stone named Lynyrd Skynyrd one of its 100 Greatest Bands of All Time.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band that USA Today called the “whiskey-soaked genre’s most popular and influential crew,” is ready to return to live music and rock Billy Bob’s for the first time as a band. Original member Gary Rossington will be joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington, and Carol Chase. Tickets on sale Friday, May 13th at 10:00 am at Ticketmaster.com and at the Southwoods Health Box Office.  Ticket Prices: $275.00, $200.00, $150.00, $95.00, $75.00, $49.50, $29.50