State Fair Officials are excited to announce Chris Young has been added to the 2018 State Fair of West Virginia Concert Series on Friday, August 10 at 8 pm! Tickets for this show will go on sale at 10 am on Friday, February 16!
“Chris Young is a great addition to our 2018 lineup and we could not be more excited to welcome him to the State Fair of West Virginia in August,” State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. “Tickets will go fast for this show, so we recommend buying them early!”
Ticket prices and details on how to order can be found at www.statefairofwv.com. Tickets will only be available via Etix at http://statefairofwv.com/entertainment/ or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm or Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the State Fair Box Office until later in the spring.
Over 11 years with RCA Nashville, Chris Young’s country credentials speak for themselves: Ten #1s and 17 Gold or Platinum certifications; nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, and The Recording Academy; a massive, twice-extended headlining tour; and in 2017, he became the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
So when it came time to take the reins of his seventh studio project, Losing Sleep, Young says he felt completely at ease.
“I would argue there was less pressure,” says the star, who reconnected with co-producer Corey Crowder for the new album. “We were even more comfortable than we were last time, and instead of it being like ‘We have to nail this,’ now it was like ‘OK, we did something really cool last time. Let’s try and build on that.’”
His previous set – the acclaimed I’m Comin’ Over – was the most successful album of his career. Debuting at #1 and earning numerous industry accolades, it featured three chart toppers – “I’m Comin’ Over,” “Think of You” (featuring Cassadee Pope), and “Sober Saturday Night” (featuring Vince Gill) – and a sound that combined reverence for country’s past with excitement about the future. But with Losing Sleep Young pushes even further down that road. Traditional themes fuse with streetwise urban flair, and it’s all welded together by one of the current genre’s most classic sounding voices.
“I think the experimentation I did on the last record was the most I had really done,” he admits. “So with this one it was about continuing that. There’s stuff like ‘Losing Sleep’ – which is really different sonically from a lot of things in my catalog – and there are going to be things that feel more familiar, too. Each song has a unique vibe and life to it.”
Co-writing each of the album’s 10 tracks, romance reigns supreme on lusty modern standouts like lead single, the Gold-certified and 10th #1 smash “Losing Sleep,” while “Woke Up Like This” explores the sweeter side of passion. “Radio And The Rain” puts the listener in the middle of an emotional downpour, while “Hangin’ On” transforms a clever turn of phrase into an uptempo she’s-with-me anthem.
“Holiday” mixes up some margarita-loving summertime fun, and “Trouble Looking” is full of flirtatious friction. Meanwhile, “Blacked Out” places Young’s wounded vocal center stage, and “Where I Go When I Drink” pushes it to the limit for a devastating piano ballad.
“We had a plan,” he explains, “and it never felt like we were trying to force anything. The progression we took felt very comfortable, like ‘OK, this is a little different but it’s where I need to grow,’ and the places where we stayed the same were ‘Man, this is exactly where this song should be.’”
With Losing Sleep, which opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Young takes a snapshot of an artist in the creative and commercial prime of his life – one who makes the extraordinary look easy. But at 32 years old, there’s still plenty of time to keep evolving.
“Every album you make as an artist, you want to continue to grow,” he explains. “And you also want people to be in love with it. That’s such a difficult thing, but I think there’s a little bit of something for everybody on this record and that’s what I wanted to do. I think we accomplished it.”
Before he strummed his first chord or wrote his first lyric, Adam Doleac learned how to hammer a nail into a board and build something with his own hands.
He was all of 6 years old at the time. And the lessons he learned on backyard projects with his dad and later on the baseball diamond help explain his approach to making personal, emotional and irresistible country music.
It has a lot to do with determination, unwavering work ethic and talent. Doleac has plenty of each — but he’ll tell you that only a combination of the three will work.
“Talent is a good thing,” he says. “But you have to work hard and believe you can do it to get anywhere.”
And Doleac is going places. The music on Doleac’s self-titled debut EP testifies to that.
He’s got music in his DNA and has no problem letting it shine, particularly if he’s writing and singing about romance. He captures the intensity of “two driven hearts with a boundless hunger” on the anthemic ballad “Bigger Than Us,” conjures tropical breezes for two on “Shady,” confronts the pain of a love lost over an empty barroom glass on
“Refill” and in a faraway truck stop on “Everybody Needs Somebody.”
On these tracks, as well as the hopeful “Some Girls” and the tale of a fateful tweet and late-night tryst on the debut single “Whiskey’s Fine,” Doleac writes evocatively and sings with the conviction of experience. His authority as a storyteller and his easy-going charisma are rare in any genre. The music says it all: He was born to sing.
But go back to that day Adam’s father introduced him to carpentry. Working side by side, they built a treehouse together in their backyard down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This led a while later to the Fenway-style “Green Monster” they constructed and the batting practice that followed.
“My dad would soft-toss me flattened basketballs until I could hit them over that wall with a baseball bat,” Doleac recalls, grinning. “See, if you hit a basketball for 30 minutes, then when they start throwing you baseballs you feel like you could hit them as far as you like.”
Doleac learned an important lesson back then: It takes discipline to achieve your goals.
He applied that to earning honors as a high school student and excelling at sports. First
it was golf and basketball, but when he focused on baseball in his senior year he caught
fire. Recruited to the University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in business
management, Doleac won three rings in four years as the Southern Mississippi
Conference USA Champ and played in the 2009 College World Series.
What about music? Well, that had been a constant in his life too. Again, his dad played a pivotal role: For years he had played drums with a successful local band, The Prophets, which made it inevitable that Adam would pick up the instrument too and play it with his own groups through high school. However, it wasn’t his top priority — not until fate intervened while he was at college.
“In the last months of both my junior and senior years I had stress fractures in both of my shins,” he remembers. “After my senior year my body wasn’t going to let me go any further with baseball. But by that time I was already getting started in music.”
By that time, he had taught himself guitar and taken his first steps to the front of the stage. He had been singing occasionally from behind his drums but began thinking about moving into the spotlight when audience members kept complimenting him on his voice. As always, he took a practical approach to the challenge: To overcome his initial jitters he booked four shows around Hattiesburg solely as a singer. “I figured if I waited,
I wouldn’t ever do it,” he reasoned. “This way, I’d have to show up.”
A few months after that, he started writing songs with one of the guys on his baseball team. They put out an EP and were soon drawing more than a thousand people to soldout club dates. By posting their music online, Doleac broadened his audience and eventually earned an invitation to try a few co-writes in Nashville.
Characteristically, he took a clear-headed approach to this opportunity. “I knew that when you’re in an ocean of male singers as large as what you have in Nashville, you have to stand out,” he says. “You have to have your own sound. I can tell who my favorite artists are just five seconds into the song. So I didn’t want people to hear me and ask, ‘Who is that?’ I wanted them to know it was me right from the top.”
Connections were made quickly. In 2014, SiriusXM’s “The Highway” picked up one of his songs, “I Put It On Ya,” for its “On The Horizon” feature. When Sony/ATV President and CEO Troy Tomlinson heard Doleac perform, he promptly offered him a publishing contract. Through a friend on the Southern Miss football coaching staff, he was introduced to Jake LaGrone, CEO of 287 Entertainment, who has had a hand in the careers of Reba, Jason Aldean and Rascal Flatts. LaGrone listened to Doleac’s music and came up with a suggestion: “The best advice I have for you is to let me be your manager.”
That’s reason to celebrate but also, in Doleac’s case, a signal to mobilize all his resources toward achieving his dreams. “It goes back to my athletic mindset: Nothing is ever good enough,” he explains. “I’m always chasing something. As soon as I get to that goal, I start working toward the next one. That’s just how I’m wired.”
And so Doleac finessed his writing. He’s earned cuts from Darius Rucker and Kane
Brown. More important, he realized that the key is to write — and sing — what you know. ”I’ve tried to write to make people and publishers happy,” he says. “But I don’t know how to do that, especially when I’m writing for myself. I don’t know how to sing something I don’t mean, so there has to be something real attached to every song I write.”
Which leads to the release of Adam Doleac. The EP, the product of a self-confessed “hopeless romantic.”
It is also the result of a life based admirably on hard work. “From Little League sports through college, you learn that there’s always someone right next to you who will take your spot. If someone opens for you and puts on a better show than you do, then I may be opening for them next time. So you have to work as hard as you can, which is fine with me. I didn’t move to Nashville to sit in my house every night.”
Doleac will be a far cry from sitting around his house this fall as he hits 20 major markets from New York to LA as part of SiriusXM’s “The Highway Finds Tour,” along with High Valley and Ashley McBryde. He’s excited for the opportunity – looking forward to meeting new people, seeing new places, and making new plans for his growing career.
“You never know what’s going to happen. You just build and build every day and never let the snowball stop. Keep it rolling! That’s my plan.”