Dwight Yoakam to replace Styx at county fair

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Fair Association has reached an agreement with a veteran country music star to fill a vacancy in its entertainment lineup.

Two-time Grammy award winner Dwight Yoakam will take the stage at the 100th county fair on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the association announced on Thursday.

He replaces classic rock band Styx, which backed out of its scheduled performance because of a scheduling conflict on March 17.

Tickets cost $39 for grandstand seats, $49 for track seats and $59 for premium track. Tickets go on sale on on Friday at 9 a.m.

The association has tried to get Yoakam to the fair before, General Manager Tom Eshelman said, so an agreement to bring him to the 100th anniversary was particularly enticing.

“We wanted someone with the dynamic and stature and legend as Styx, and there weren’t any rock bands that fit that bill,” Eshelman said.

An opening act for Yoakam will be announced at a later date, Eshelman said.

Yoakam is best known for his hit songs “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and “Fast As You,” which both peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in 1993 and 1994, respectively.

Yoakam won the 1994 Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his song “Ain’t That Lonely Yet.” He also shared the 1999 Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with 12 other singers, including Travis Tritt and Clint Black, for the song “Same Old Train.”

Yoakam has been nominated for 15 additional Grammy awards between 1987 and 2001. He has also appeared in 25 movies, including 2002’s “Panic Room” with Jodie Foster.

The fair is scheduled for Aug. 25 through Sept. 2 at the county fairgrounds in Woodstock. Other headline acts include country artists Martina McBride and William Michael Morgan.

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