Groups headline Pike Co. Fair


By Frank Lewis

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The folks on the Pike County Fair Board hope you come out often to enjoy a week of fun at the Pike County Fair July 28 through Aug. 1, but if you are a concert-goer, someone who likes to make an evening of it by watching performers play their hits on stage, you might want to mark your calender for Saturday, Aug. 1.

Headlining the night’s entertainment at 9 p.m. will be “The Voice” finalists, the Swon Brothers. Zach and Colton Swon remember their first performance in Nashville like it was yesterday. It wasn’t in a packed house during a writers’ night on a dimly-lit stage, or in the office of a publisher who was eager to hear their latest songs.

It was actually a “pit stop” on the way to a family vacation in Florida. They were only 9 and 11 years old at the time, but to them it was perfectly normal, after all, they’d practically grown up riding their parents’ tour bus and performing as part of their family’s gospel group since they were old enough to talk.

That’s how they cut their teeth in the industry and now they are a top duo on the country music stage.

Earlier in the day, the entertainment gets underway at 2:30 p.m. with a concert by Grassy Creek. At 7 p.m., the Brothers Roberson will take the stage. The Brothers Roberson, Rhett and Brendan, like the Swon’s, have music coursing through their veins.

“The first time I walked on the Ryman (Auditorium) stage I did it with my grandpa’s guitar he gave me when I graduated from high school,” Rhett Roberson said. With their grandfathers playing country and bluegrass it set the tone for their musical journey at a young age and they have been at it ever since, releasing their first full album in 2012.

At 8 p.m. the Cadillac Three will be on the main stage. The Cadillac Three is a high-energy trio that describes their sound as “country fuzz,” a sound that hovers between radio-ready country anthems, hard and heavy rock and traditional southern folk music.

All in all it will be a great week with lots of events to keep you entertained from Demolition Derbies to Tractor Pulls and more, but for an evening of great music, come early and stay late on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Pike County Fair.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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