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CALDWELL, ID – From country music to clashing metal you’ll be sure to “Find Your Fun” at the 2015 Canyon County Fair scheduled for July 23 – July 26. This year’s Fair talent line-up features some of today’s biggest country stars, and new this year, full metal jousting—all FREE with paid fair admission. The four nights of entertainment include Old Dominion with special guests Haley & Michaels, Brett Eldredge, Easton Corbin, and Knights of Valour full contact jousting.

On Thursday, July 23 – 8:00 pm – Old Dominion with Special Guests Haley & Michaels

Old Dominion may not yet be a household name, but its members are behind many of the songs you hear in country music today. During the past 10 years of writing and honing their sound as a band, a number of their songs have been recorded and released by an impressive list that includes The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Craig Morgan. And while it has been nice to experience radio success as song writers, the band has their scope unwaveringly aimed at delivering their music personally to the people.

Out on the road, the live show is dialed in. Opening for acts like Trace Adkins, Brett Eldridge, and Jake Owen, their sound has tightened into a cohesive blend of country lyric and rock instrumentation, fused with pop and hip-hop sensibilities. It even led to a debut on the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry.

What they’ve captured so far has certainly buzzed a few ears, including that of XM radio programmer John Marks. Marks added their single, “Dirt On A Road” to rotation on Sirius XM’s The Highway in early 2014. The song’s impact with listeners was quickly evident at live shows.

“There’s nothing like playing a song you’ve written and watching the crowd sing the words back to you,” says Ramsey. “We’ve experienced it a bit when we play ‘Wake Up Lovin’ You’ or ‘Better Dig Two’ and that’s great, but it’s that much sweeter when we are the artist releasing the song.”

Haley & Michaels

They grew up only 3 miles apart in Northern California — though Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels didn’t know each other until well after each had embarked on their own musical career in Nashville. Shortly after meeting they began singing and writing together and discovered an electric musical connection. With two unique voices coming together as one complete sound, there is no lead singer in this duo. Their vocal blend and harmonies carry their music, each song showing two halves of a conversation that unfolds over time.

Over the past couple of years, the duo — now Haley & Michaels — have quietly gone about building their music career inch by inch and piece by piece.

Now, in 2014, things aren’t nearly as quiet as before. “Just Another Love Song”, their debut single, premiered on Sirius XM The Highway and has sold 25,000 copies worldwide. The video, directed by CMA Video Of The Year award winning Shane Drake, climbed to the top of the CMT Pure playlist, and entered into the top 10 on the GAC Countdown and spent 20 straight weeks on the chart.

From writing their songs to promoting them, Haley & Michaels have done everything independently — which is quickly becoming a business model in the industry that works. In 2013, the duo swept through the Nashville Independent Music Awards, winning 4 awards including Song Of The Year and Artist Of The Year. They say they are just trying to soak everything in along the way.

“We are having an absolute blast and have so many wonderful memories. I believe that by doing it in increments, we are building a strong foundation. This isn’t a short-term thing for us, it’s our life. We’ve never really thought about the option of it not working out. With everything from our fan base to our creative team to our co-writers, we are trying to build a solid platform that we hope will set us up well for the long run. It is so rewarding when you do it yourself, and when you’re there for every step of the way”, says Michaels.

On Friday, July 24 – 8:00 pm – Brett Eldredge

Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge has always been attracted to singers, a fact that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s heard the Illinois native’s soulful, distinctive baritone. “I always gravitated towards big voices, because as a kid I had this big voice coming out of this little body,” says Eldredge. “I was hooked on the story that somebody would be telling through their voice.” It’s been a long time coming, but with current single “Don’t Ya” climbing into the Top 10 and debut album Bring You Back slated to be released August 6 on Atlantic Records, Eldredge is finally getting the chance to share a story of his own… and these days, he’s writing that story himself.

Opening for some of the biggest names in country music has taught him plenty, too. After spots in front of Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins and Willie Nelson, this year found Eldredge facing the biggest (and possibly most enthusiastic) crowds of his lifetime thus far, opening 19 dates for Taylor Swift on “The RED Tour.” “I’ve played plenty of gigs where there are only 30 people in the crowd, or less,” he says. “Fast forward to, you know, a stadium, with 50,000 people…” He pauses, still in disbelief. “There’s a whole new energy out there I can’t even explain. I’ve always been confident in my voice, but I think becoming a stronger songwriter has also made me more confident in who I am as an artist,” he says, trying to pinpoint what’s changed since his days playing unattended open mic nights. “In the beginning I was just singing. As a songwriter, I’ve learned to reach down and not be afraid. When you’re the most real to people, that’s when you really connect.” (It likely doesn’t hurt that Eldredge was recently named one of People magazine’s Hottest Men of Country.)

Eldredge says being on stage is “the place I feel more alive than anywhere,” and that every early morning flight or late-night bus ride is worth it once he gets behind the mic. His off-stage relationship with the fans is strong, too: As a self-described “goofball,” Eldredge operates one of the more amusing Twitter accounts in the format; he also produces a series of webisodes called “The Couch Sessions,” in which he performs covers as well as new songs he may have just written that afternoon. It still amazes him when fans arrive at shows knowing every word. “That’s cool to me,” he says. “If I feel the passion from one person in the crowd singing along, that gives me a reason to keep writing.” And finally, he’s got a habit of visiting the parking lots before shows, communing with the tailgaters – a habit that hasn’t changed, even as the parking lots get bigger. “I grew up with that kind of stuff,” Eldredge says. “I remember being those people. So I get out there and do whatever they’re doing, whether it’s play a game of flip-cup or just hang out and talk. I remember when I was a kid, Garth Brooks did a meet & greet that was a bajillion hours long. Taylor’s done the same thing. I’ve tried to make it a point that after every show, I stay there until the last person goes by. I want to meet every person. I want to hang out with these people for 20, 30 or 40 years.”

On Saturday, July 25 – 8:00 pm – Easton Corbin

Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.  In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.”  Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his current single, “Baby Be My Love Song,” the second single from his upcoming album About To Get Real. As a former FFA member Corbin recently partnered with Ram Truck brand and FFA to celebrate the “Year of the Farmer” by visiting and performing for FFA members in numerous cities along his Fall/Winter tour route.

Visit www.eastoncorbin.com to learn more about the Florida native.

On Sunday, July 26 – 7:00 pm – Knights of Valour

An entertainment event of epic proportion! Watch and enjoy as you are thrilled by exhibitions of horsemanship with mounted games competition, and the climax will be a full heavy armor jousting tournament. Watch as some of North America’s best full contact jousters compete for the title of champion. All jousting at this event is real; un-choreographed, and done by trained professional athletes

-No Scripts

-No Choreography

-No Air Bags

Tickets and Information:

The Canyon County Fair is amping up its headlining schedule for 2015.  The Fair is excited to be bring back four nights of FREE entertainment sure to please the whole family.  Get your reserved tickets now because they won’t last long.  Buy Online and Save! No Added Fees!   Save time with e-tickets you can print right from home.  Concert reserved seating tickets are only $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.  Tickets are available online through the Fair’s website at www.canyoncountyfair.org. Advance sale ticket pricing will be in effect until Midnight on the day prior to each performance. Concerts start at 8:00 p.m. nightly and gates open at 7:00 p.m., Knights of Valour will start at 7:00 p.m. with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are also available to purchase over the phone at 1-800-514-3849.


For more information regarding concerts or performers please contact Laura at County Fair Office by calling 208-455-8500 or emailing laura@canyoncountyfair.org.