Groups include Big Daddy Weave, Marshall Tucker Band, Starship
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
This year’s concert lineup for the 2014 Chase County Fair now stands complete with the selection of groups for the Christian concert Wednesday, Aug. 13, and the rock concert Friday, Aug. 15.
The Dove Award-winning group Big Daddy Weave will entertain at the Christian concert. On the rock side, the fair has booked the legendary bands Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Alex McNair, fair entertainment chair, said these additions round out another outstanding concert series for the 2014 fair.
Last week the fair announced that country star Chris Young, along with special guest Courtney Cole, will perform at the country concert Saturday, Aug. 16.
Big Daddy Weave
Their musical journey began with a Dove Awards nomination as New Artist of the Year in 2002.
Other awards include a 2010 Dove Award for the album Christ Has Come, a 2013 K-LOVE Fan Award for Song of the Year for “Redeemed” and a 2014 K-LOVE Fan Award Song of the Year nomination for “The Only Name (Yours Will Be).”
They have been honored at ASCAP’s and BMI’s Christian Music Awards, were chosen for the WOW Hits compilations in seven of the last eight years and are one of the 10 most played artists on Christian radio over the past decade.
Most recently, they hit the top of the Christian radio chart with their third straight No. 1 single, “The Only Name (Yours Will Be),” from Love Come To Life.
Prior to that, “Redeemed” spent 11 weeks at No. 1. “Love Come To Life,” was the album’s first No. 1 radio single.
Marshall Tucker Band
Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, the band represents a time and place in music that will never be duplicated.
“We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,” says Gray.
More than four decades later, the new vinyl Greatest Hits release takes people back to the early years of The Marshall Tucker Band.
The band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1972, borrowing the name “Marshall Tucker” from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space.
In the years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel.
Along the way, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations.
With hit singles like “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See” and “Take The Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90s, they scored four hit singles on Billboard’s country chart and one on Billboard’s gospel chart.
Starship, Mickey Thomas
Mickey Thomas, the frontman for Starship, said their new album, Loveless Fascination, “feels like a 70s record.” The album is the group’s first studio record in more than 20 years.
The band can claim credit for several of the 20th century’s biggest pop and rock anthems: “We Built This City,” “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”
The band’s new record marks another important turning point for the group, which has one of the most storied histories in rock’n’roll.
Originally forming as Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s, the current incarnation of what is now Starship began in 1979. That’s when Thomas joined Paul Kanter to resurrect Jefferon Airplane’s follow-up group Jefferson Starship.
Although Loveless marks Starship’s first full studio album since 1989, the group has remained a popular draw on the road.
“It’s a real wide generation of fans out there,” says Thomas. “I’ve seen 12-year olds, 65-year olds and everyone in between.”
Tickets sales begin June 21
McNair said concert tickets for the fair will be available beginning June 21.
People can join the Chase County Fair E-mail Club for discounts and contests to win tickets along with a chance to go backstage at one of the two fair concerts. To join, visit www.chasecountyfair.com.