Jake Owen to play at IOW Fair

Published 10:48 am Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jake Owen Will play at the Isle of Wight County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17.

ISLE OF WIGHT—County singer Jake Owen, whose title track from Barefoot Blue Jean Night is No. 11 on the Billboard country charts, will perform at the Isle of Wight County Fair at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

Other headline acts are country music’s Sunny Sweeney and James Wesley.

“I am extremely pleased with the entertainment scheduled for this year’s fair,” said Mike Stephens, chairman for the Isle of Wight County Fair. “Entertainment Chairman Stan Murrell has outdone himself this time, and I expect record turnouts each night. I feel like we have three of the finest up-and-coming stars in country music today at the 2011 IOW County Fair.”

Owen is touring with Keith Urban and is taking a break while Urban goes to Canada.

Owen’s third album Barefoot Blue Jean Night will be released on Aug. 30. He is also known for such songs as “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You “ and “8 Second Ride.”

An East Texas native, Sweeney will appear on the Main Stage at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. She is due to release her new album entitled “Concrete” on the Republic Nashville label in August.

Sweeney’s debut single “From a Table Away” peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard country charts. She has released her second song from the album entitled “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving.”

Sweeney started working the honky-tonk circuit around Austin, Texas, and became a local icon on the Austin music scene before moving on to Nashville.

Wesley, who will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, was born and raised in Mound Valley, Kansas. Originally signed to Warner Bros. in 1999 as James Prosser, he released his album “Life Goes On.”

After relocating to Nashville, Wesley hooked up with songwriter Rodney Clawson and producer Dan Frizsell, inked a deal with Broken Bow Records and released the single “Jackson Hole.” The song debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and was followed in 2010 by a second single, “Real.”

Other Main Stage acts include Carbon Jam and Broke by Sunday at 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., respectively, Thursday, Sept. 15; Heather Edwards Band, 7 p.m. Friday; Grant Austin Taylor Band, 7 p.m. Saturday; and Sam Floyd Band, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information visit www.thefairiscoming.com.