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July 31, 2012

Inter-State Fair features Red Dirt and Country

Parsons, Kansas — When band and tour busses swing into Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville, the tires might have a little red dust and gravel on them.

That’s because this year’s Music Festival at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo is a mix of Red Dirt and Country.

Three acts will perform on Saturday, August 11: the Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, and Joe Nichols.

The Turnpike Troubadours are a combination of country, Cajun, bluegrass, and folk music that was born in the roadside dance halls and honky-tonks of the Oklahoma-Texas corridor. The Oklahoma based band is on the road promoting their most current album, “Diamonds and Gasoline,” and counts Jason Boland as well as Cross Canadian Ragweed as early influences.

When Jason Boland and the Stragglers hit the stage, the Red Dirt will fly. Boland got his start when he formed a band with friends while a student at Oklahoma State University. Since 1999, the band has released five albums and played for millions of fans along the way.

Joe Nichols headlines the Music Festival. The country music star has had four Grammy nominations, a CMA Album of the Year nomination, and multiple platinum and gold albums and singles. His stream of hits include  “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes her Clothes Fall Off,” “Gimmie that Girl,” “What’s a Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters,” and “I'll Wait for You.”

Nichols returns to Coffeyville after a storm shortened his show last year. The country music star barely started his performance when a storm blew in with torrential rain and wind.  He contacted the Fair and Rodeo committee and was willing to return for a second concert. “He’s back because he said, ‘We didn't give Coffeyville a fair shake,’” said Music Festival co-chairman Marty Hill. The rain caused Nichols to lose a lot of electrical equipment, but after the concert was canceled, he spent much of the evening with fan club members.

Hill commented that Red Dirt and country music go over well in the Coffeyville area. “The Red Dirt is one of the hottest things in country music. A lot of people like that style of music. (Red Dirt musicians) write about their own true stories, and experiences in life.”

Gates open for the Music Festival at 5 p.m. and the music begins at 6 p.m. A mechanical bull and beer tent will also be on site. Tickets for the Music Festival are $30. Fun passes good for each night of grandstand entertainment (August 10-18) are $35 and can be purchased online at or by calling 620-251-3332.

For more information on the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo, contact the chamber office at 620.251.2550 or visit the website at £

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