The music lineup at the Jackson County Fair this weekend is built around country music and rock 'n' roll.
Outlaw country-rock artist Gary Allan plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Lithia Amphitheatre on the fairgrounds, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Southern California folk trio Calico will open the show.
Superstar rock singer and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Money plays Saturday, July 23, at the amphitheater. Rogue Valley rock band 221 Fly will open.
All shows start at 8:30 p.m., with opening acts at 7:30. The headliner concerts feature free lawn seating. Reserved seating is $25 to $40 and can be purchased in advance online at attheexpo.com, by calling 541-774-8270, or at the fairgrounds office inside Seven Feathers Event Center. Fair admission is free with reserved tickets. Early-bird tickets for lawn seating are $5, $10 for a family of four, and are available at the fair gates or at the amphitheater's ticket booth. The early-bird entry line begins at 6 p.m.
Allan's newest album, "Set You Free," was released on the MCA Nashville label, and a free download of his newest single, "Do You Wish It Was Me?" is available at iTunes.
"Set You Free" is Allan's ninth studio album and is full of songs that embody his evolution toward personal, creative freedom. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in February 2013. It was Allan's second No. 1 album on the Top Country Albums chart, following his 2005 "Tough All Over." Hit singles from the 2013 album include "Every Storm," "Pieces" and "It Ain't the Whiskey."
Allan's eight previous studio albums also mine emotional turf that fuels a life well-lived: The joys of parenting, the heartache of personal loss, the testosterone of disagreement and the unpredictability of love. He has registered four No. 1 singles — “Man To Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing on but the Radio” and “Watching Airplanes” — in addition to trademark hits such as the lonely “Best I Ever Had” and the swaggering “Right Where I Need to Be.” He’s amassed seven gold albums in the process — three of them certified platinum.
Able to challenge his muse in more ways than one, Allan has co-written songs with Sarah Buxton, Hillary Lindsey and Rachel Proctor. Lindsey has written several successful country titles, including Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel” and Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey.”
Lindsey, Allan and songwriter Matt Warren co-wrote "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," the first single from "Set You Free." The song features Lindsey on harmonies and marks the first time a woman has provided backing vocals on one of Allan's singles, providing a soft contrast to his roughed-edged, ultra-masculine tone.
The Southern California-born Allan played clubs during his high school years. After graduation, he garnered a following of a mix of rednecks in western boots and neo-Goths with pierced skin and spiked hair. Allan was inspired by The Highwaymen — Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson — to pursue music that mined the dangerous side of life.
Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, N.Y., Eddie Money followed his father's footsteps and became a police officer, though he dreamed of being a musician. He left the New York City Police Department, moved to Berkeley, Calif., and became a regular at area clubs. His fate was changed when he met Bill Graham while opening one of the promoter's shows.
Money broke onto the national music scene in 1977 with his self-titled debut album on Graham's Wolgang label, distributed by Columbia Records. The album turned heads with its two hits — "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On." The album is still selling and approaching triple platinum status.
Graham called Money "a natural performer who has it all ... he can sing, write and play."
Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, along with creative MTV videos for such songs as “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released "Can’t Hold Back," which featured the classic, Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”
Money’s blue-collar brand of rock 'n' roll transcends generations and moves audiences today. With sales of more than 28 million records to his credit, Money’s songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows and have been included in hit video games such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Guitar Hero.”
His tours are often accompanied by prominent rock acts, and he's made several appearances on television sitcoms. He played himself on an episode of "The King of Queens" and Mimi's ex-husband on "The Drew Carey Show."