Two rising country acts will be featured at this year’s Gage County Fair.
The 2014 fair will feature music acts Parmalee and Granger Smith performing on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, respectively.
Lisa Wiegand, fair entertainment chairperson, said she expects the acts to be a hit at this year’s fair, and Parmalee’s recent success should draw large crowds.
“Parmalee opened for Jason Aldean and Eric Church this year and are up for the new artist award,” she said. “It’s great for us to be able to bring them in. Most people will recognize them for the song “Carolina.” They’ve earned several awards for that album.”
Parmalee’s country-rock sound has roots in bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues.
According to a press release, the band’s debut single, “Musta Had a Good Time,” charted at number one for four consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown and the song became a Top 40 hit on mainstream country radio.
Parmalee’s gold-certified hit “Carolina” became the longest-climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart.
Parmalee was named a “Bubbling Under Artist” by Billboard magazine (June 2013) and one of Clear Channel’s NEW! Artists to Watch in 2013. MTV Networks also hand picked Parmalee to perform as part of its 2013 O Music Awards and the foursome recently appeared on the 4th Annual American Country Awards.
Granger Smith will be performing with a side of comedy, thanks to his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr.
Both acts will perform the Thursday of the fair with Dibbles being a comedic country performer.
“Immediately following the fair every year, we look at who’s buying what,” Wiegand said. “Our age range that comes is between 16-30 years of age, and we get those people who like a little bit of comedy.
“When Granger comes out as Earl, I think we’re going to see people like that.”
Smith has more than 17 million YouTube views and is stopping in Beatrice as part of his nationwide tour, according to a press release.
Released April 16, “Dirt Road Driveway” is the number-one independent country album in total digital sales. It’s been named one of iTunes’ best albums of the 2000s and was featured on the iTunes music homepage.
Smith has sold more than 1 million digital singles online.
The video for his current single, “Miles and Mud Tires” was part of a two-week promotional campaign with CMT.
Smith boasts ten top ten singles and his last single “Silverado Bench Seat” reached number one on TX radio and held the position for three weeks.
In addition to the national tour, Smith has played three tours in Iraq and Kuwait for American Soldiers.
Earl Dibbles Jr. is Smith’s “country boy” alter ego who has been building a fan base with songs such as “Dip 'Em and Pick 'Em.”
In addition to the music acts, returning favorites include the Beatrice Speedway races on Friday, July 25, Eve of Destruction on Saturday, July 26 and Sprint Car Series races on Sunday, July 27.