Fair to feature'Lost Trailers'
Nationally-acclaimed country group to appear in Imlay
|The Lost Trailers, (L-R) Stokes Nielson, Drew Nielson, Ryder Lee, Manny Medina and Jeff Potter bring their energy-driven brand of country music to the Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds on Wed., Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.|
July 22, 2009IMLAY CITY — Eastern Michigan Fair Manager Ian Kempf may have pulled off a minor coup by tapping a nationally-known country act to appear at this year's Eastern Michigan Fair.
Kempf says The Lost Trailers, whose album "Holler Back" garnered Top 5 honors on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, will perform in concert at the fairgrounds on Wed., Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.
Bolstered by the success of their break-out single, "How 'Bout You Don't," the band has emerged as one of the most popular new bands on the country music scene. They have also been heralded as the "Most Played New Country Group of 2008."
"We're immensely excited about bringing a Top 10 country group like The Lost Trailers into the fairgrounds," says Kempf. "This is the first time in about 12 years we've had the opportunity to attract a national recording artist. We think the band will be a real big draw for us on Wednesday night."
Band founders Stokes Nielson, guitar, and Ryder Lee, lead vocalist, met as teenagers while members of a church band. Their common musical interests have fostered an enduring friendship and song-writing collaborative.
With the addition of fellow band members Jeff Potter on drums, Drew Neilson (Stokes' brother) on keyboards and Manny Medina on bass; The Lost Trailers were suddenly found.
The group caught an early break, when Willie Nelson invited them to perform with him at a concert in front of 15,000 people.
The success of that show provided the impetus for the group to hit the road full time. Since then, they have performed with the likes of Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney.
It was Chesney, says Stokes Nielson, who gave the band a very good piece of advice.
"What we learned from Kenny was to put out great songs; songs that you believe in and that your fans can believe in," says Nielson. "With all the years of touring, we've learned what we do best. We try to capture the energy we put into our live shows and put that on record."
Kempf believes there should be plenty of energy in the form of enthusiastic fans on hand for the band's Imlay City appearance.
"We're going to put the band out by the midway," he says. "There should be a lot of people and energy at that location. It will be like a huge party out there."
Kempf noted that adding a "name" band to the Fair's itinerary will require some extra effort on the part of organizers, volunteers and workers from Playworld Amusements, who operate the midway.
"It's going to mean working late on Tuesday night to get the stage, grounds and lighting ready for Wednesday's show," says Kempf. "It will entail a lot of extra time and work, but it will be well worth it."
The 2009 Eastern Michigan Fair runs Aug. 4-8, from noon to 11 p.m. each day.
Besides The Lost Trailers' appearance on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; other highlights include:
• Tues., Aug. 4: Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.
• Wed., Aug. 5: Figure 8 Race at 7 p.m.
• Thurs, Aug. 6: 4-H Livestock Auction at 1 p.m.; and Superman Motocross at 7 p.m.
• Fri., Aug. 7: Autocross Bump N' Run at 7 p.m.
• Sat., Aug. 8: Demolition Derby at 7 p.m.
In addition, Circus Pages will return for daily shows, featuring jungle cats, elephants and acrobats.
Tuesday, Aug. 4 will be Kids Day, with children ages 12 and under admitted for $8 before 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Aug.4-6), senior citizens will be admitted for $8 before 5 p.m.