(Posted June 29, 2023)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Four music acts are lined up to entertain fairgoers. Admission to the concerts is free with paid admission to the fair. Look for the stage near the in-field and beer garden. For a full schedule of fair events, visit Fair Schedule.
The Sean Prather Band
Sunday, July 9 at 7 p.m.
Best described as a “country-hearted band with a rock-and-roll soul,” the Sean Prather Band appeals to listeners of all types. The group plays both original music and cover tunes.
Among the band’s original songs are “Whiskey Glass” about a bad breakup, “Down in the Hollar,” and “Songs About You.” When it comes to covers, the crowd can expect to hear a variety of traditional and modern country songs, including gems by Waylon Jennings, Blackberry Smoke, Jason Aldean, Steve Earl, Luke Bryan, and the like.
The lineup includes Sean Prather (a.k.a. Junior) on lead vocals and guitar and his father, Sean, (a.k.a. Senior) bass, along with Lorin Smith on drums.
Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
Nashville artist Paulina Jayne made her Madison County Fair debut last year. She returns to the fair stage this year to share her storytelling style of country music with hints of rock, pop, and folk.
Jayne’s music is garnering widespread attention. “Big Hair Bigger Dreams,” was a national Discovery pick on Shawn Parr’s “Across the Country” syndicated radio show. “Love’s Gonna Always Win” has generated more than a half-million streams. The video for “Drove By,” a song about a post-breakup moment, has racked up more than 150,000 views on YouTube.
Jayne has opened for the likes of Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, and Sam Hunt, and shared Live Nation festival marquees with such artists as Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, and Luke Bryan.
Thursday, July 13 at 8 p.m.
Aaron Buckley, a musician based in Columbus, is bringing his solo acoustic act to the fair. He performs primarily country songs, both covers and originals. The cover tunes run the likes of Gary Allan, Jon Pardi, and Tyler Childers.
Buckley has been performing music for 20 years, both as a solo act and with a full band. Anyone interested in learning more can look for him on social media.
Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m.
Hailing from Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania, Trainwreck is a band whose focus is country but whose reach includes southern classic rock and alternative rock.
Together for 18 years, they thrive on a steady diet of Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Zac Brown, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Dierks Bentley, and Bailey Zimmerman, to name a few.
“We pepper in some other genres, too, to keep it entertaining,” said Brad Learn, the group’s bass player and backup singer.
The band’s personnel also includes: Lou Greco on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and lead guitar; Chuck Hall on lead guitar; and Chris Rossvanes on drums.