Wednesday, June 19th, 8:00 pm The Marshall Tucker Band
While The Marshall Tucker Band members may have changed over the years, the sound has stayed the same and founding member Doug Gray continues to lead the current band of fine musicians winning new young fans as well as satisfying the loyal fans of several generations. The name of Marshall Tucker was borrowed from a piano tuner ad found on a key ring in their rehearsal space.
Years of rigorous tour schedules earned the band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. 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 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart. Their music has also been featured on the soundtracks of movies such as Smokey and the Bandit, Blow, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Shipwrecked, Crank 2, Don’t Mess with Zohan, Stop Loss, Swing Vote, Taking Chance and many others as well as many TV Shows.
“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock and roll" says Gray. "They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, Rock & Roll and all things in-between. As we've become older," Gray grins, eyes twinkling, "our Southern heritage seems to come out even more. But no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off." Gray also notes that people have gotten "married and buried" to classic MTB songs like "Desert Skies" and "Can't You See". After 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring.
Thursday, June 20th, 8:00 pm Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing. At the age of 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol where it was evident to all that she was a star.
In 2006, her debut album, Small Town Girl, went on to sell over 800,000 copies worldwide and produce three singles, “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.” In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10), and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.” Her third studio album, 100 Proof, was produced by Frank Liddell known for his work with Miranda Lambert. An avid supporter of the U.S. military, she has performed on six USO Tours, having most recently visited Afghanistan in Dec. 2012.
Friday, June 21st, 8:00 pm Kix Brooks
Kicking off the weekend at the Sonoma-Marin Fair will be a rockin' country concert by top recording artist Kix Brooks! Arrive early for what is sure to be a standing room only crowd on Friday night.
Kix Brooks is looking forward to getting his new album "New to This Town" into the hands of fans and resuming the solo career that began long ago when his entire plan “was to be somebody.” After 30 years performing in the legendary country duo Brooks & Dunn, with Ronnie Dunn, the singer, songwriter, movie star, radio host and winery owner is back performing in concert for his fans.
“That fear I had at one point in my career where you’re scared to death to make the wrong move, I don’t feel that way now. But you still really want to do something that is relevant and makes people rock, and look out at a crowd and know you have connected, you’ve hit that nerve. I don’t think you ever get over that.”
Saturday, June 22nd, 8:00 pm Loverboy
For more than three decades, Canadian rockers Loverboy have been rocking the stage and loving every minute of it. With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows. Their string of hits include “Working for the Weekend”, “This Could Be the Night”, “Turn Me Loose”, “Queen of the Broken Hearts” and many others. Their latest album Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival features nine newly re-recorded Loverboy hits, as well as some new songs. Original band members Mike Reno, Paul Dean, Matt Frenette, Doug Johnson and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (who replaced the late Scott Smith), reunited in Vancouver with their original engineer to record two new songs on their new album.
Sunday, June 23rd, Fiesta Latina