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By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Performing at more than 100 venues a year, country singer Chris Young says he loves the traveling that comes with it.
The country music entertainer at the Chase County Fair this Saturday night said that kind of schedule, including performances outside of the U.S., isn’t for everyone, however.
“Some want to do that many dates, some don’t. But I love it,” he said in an interview Friday with The Imperial Republican.
Young, 29, will be criss-crossing back to this area after a performance this Friday in Aberdeen, S.D., and one last Saturday at the Logan County Fair in Sterling, Colo. From here, he heads to Rapid City, S.D.
His 100 to 110 dates a year not only include concerts across the U.S., but in Australia, Canada and Europe, as well.
He’s been to every U.S. state except Alaska.
What does he like best about the travels? Seeing so many different parts of the country, and the food.
He wasn’t sure he’d have time to taste-test any of the Chase County Fair cuisine when here this weekend.
“It’s pretty much going to be a quick in and out like most of the summer is. We play and it’s on to the next one,” he said.
With that heavy travel schedule, there is a downside, however.
“If something breaks at your house, say the pipes bust, and I’m in Montana, it’s hard to get someone over there” to fix the problem, he noted.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native now lives in Nashville, the home of country music.
Nashville is where he said he’s played the best venue so far—the Ryman Auditorium during his first attempt as a headliner a couple of years ago.
“There is so much country music history in that place. It was kind of a hometown show for me,” he said.
He said he was blessed with parents who encouraged his art at a young age, and eventually found his way into musical theater, jazz training and six years of classical voice training that helped hone his emerging baritone sound.
When Young performs here Saturday, concert-goers will get to hear some of the new songs from his fourth album, “A.M.” set for release in September.
Some of the 11 songs on that album his fans already know—“Aw Naw,” which hit No. 5, and the album’s second single, “Who I Am With You,” which reached the top of the singles chart, selling more than 500,000 copies.
When asked if he had a favorite song, he said that was a tough question.
“But I still love ‘Tomorrow.’ That was a big song for me,” and Young’s first to hit No. 1 from his 2011 album, “Neon.”
Young, who is single, said he has to thank his little sister Dorthy for “getting him off the hook” with his parents and their “pestering” about grandkids. She had a baby girl in April, making him an uncle for the first time.
Tickets are still available for Young’s show Saturday. Newcomer Courtney Cole will open for him at the 7:30 p.m. show.
Tickets are also selling well for Friday’s Marshall Tucker Band and Starship concert, also with a 7:30 p.m. start time.