Madison County Fair Presents:
Steve Holy, Mark Wills
Lyndsey Highlander, Fulton Chain Gang
1968 Fairground Rd.
Brookfield, NY, 13314
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM)
When Steve Holy's breakout smash, "Good Morning Beautiful," stood atop the country charts for five straight weeks in 2002, it sparked a fire that has continued to smolder throughout his decade-long career. But it's been a slow burn, and a testament to the dogged persistence and unyielding tenacity that Holy has displayed since his first big break in 1993, when he beat out 500 hopefuls in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Johnnie High Country Review, the same contest that launched the career of LeAnn Rimes. It was another four years, however, before he signed with Curb Records, and three years after that, his debut album, Blue Moon, was released in 2000.
Despite moderate success with a couple of top 20 singles, "Blue Moon" and "The Hunger," it was not until more than a year after its release that the album first entered Billboard's Heatseekers chart, and Holy was four singles deep when "Good Morning Beautiful" finally reached #1, a full 18 months after Blue Moon launched. The earnest, charming ballad struck a sweet spot with country fans, later being named Billboard's #10 Top Country Song of the Decade 1999-2009. Lightening did strike twice, but not until 2006, when Holy again reached #1 with the playful "Brand New Girlfriend." Of course, it didn't happen overnight; it took 36 weeks to rise to the top of the charts, becoming at that time the slowest-rising #1 hit single in Nielsen Soundscan history.
Having patiently tended the fire all this time, Holy seeks to reignite the flame with his third album, Love Don't Run, releasing on September 13, 2011. He has once again teamed up with producer Lee Miller, with whom he proved to have fantastic chemistry on the smash hit "Brand New Girlfriend." A proven hit songwriter, Miller has penned three Grammy-nominated songs: "You're Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson's "In Color," and "The Impossible" by Joe Nichols – as well as #1 hit singles "The World" and "I'm Still A Guy" by Brad Paisley. Holy and Miller wrote several songs together for the upcoming album, including the racy, humorous "She Hauled Off And Kissed Me," with pal Jim Collins, and the uplifting "Let The Sun Shine In," demonstrating the diversity and range for which Holy has become known. "Having had hits like 'Good Morning Beautiful' to 'Brand New Girlfriend' that couldn't be any more different, it's a luxury to be able to go as far left as right," Holy says.
While Love Don't Run remains consistent with Holy's overall pop country sound, it achieves a level of maturity that surpasses his first two albums, and veers slightly away from the 50's and 60's style that defined his earlier efforts. "When my friends were listening to current music in the 80's and 90's, I was listening to the 50's 60's, and more traditional stuff. You know what, I'm so current I might've moved into the 70's by now," he laughs. Holy edges into the 70's with a superb cover of the Kristofferson classic "Help Me Make It Through The Night," a song that, while most famous as a country number, has been covered by artists as diverse as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gladys Knight and The Pips. A point of intersection for many musical styles, it aptly symbolizes Steve Holy's own mixed bag of musical influences: Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Lionel Richie, and a variety of Doo-Wop bands.
For the past two years, Steve has taken time off to return to his hometown of Dallas and raise his two young daughters, Ava and Ella. "It was time for me to go home, be a dad, regroup, and come out when I felt like I was able to put my best foot forward musically," Holy says. That time has come, as Holy is once again touring relentlessly, dazzling audiences with his highly engaging live performances and climbing the charts with his current top 20 single, "Love Don't Run." If the third time is a charm, Holy is poised to cement his place among the stars once and for all. "I think part of what motivates me, what gives me drive, is that I've been so close throughout the years to breaking out and getting on a roll," Holy says. "More than anything, I feel like I have a lot in the tank and I want to go as long as people want to hear me. And I think there are a lot of people that want to hear what we have coming next."
Blue Eyes, Dark Hair, soothing falsettos, and a passion for life. That’s the first thing that hits you about Lyndsey Highlander, but wait till you see her perform…
Lyndsey grew up in the small town of New Kent, Virginia where she was a student of perfection in academics, athletics, school government and newspaper, but mostly in her music. From an early age of 6 Lyndsey began developing and critiquing the sound she wanted to share with the world. Church solos, county festivals and a song and dance company allowed Lyndsey to share her music at a pretty strong pace. Precious down time was spent with her loving family, such as fishing with Daddy and cookin’ with Momma.
It didn’t take long to realize she had some real talent. Lyndsey credits her sound to a passion for soulful sounds such as Bonnie Raitt, Pat Benetar and Aretha Franklin. However, if you ask Lyndsey who became the biggest inspiration to her music, without even a pause she will tell you how much Patsy Cline has influenced her spirit and her sound. With a supportive family in tow, Lyndsey went to chase out her dream in Nashville 7 years ago. After lots of hard work she finally has her biggest career move after being discovered by Jeff Howard an agent at APA. Together Jeff and Lyndsey work tirelessly to pursue Lyndsey’s career. Lyndsey’s massive sound and intimate story telling is coupled with her energetic stage presence and constant desire to engage the crowd. With the new team behind her, only great things are on her future. Lyndsey is working on recording her first EP, writing daily and tours the country regularly stealing hearts every where she goes. Lyndsey comments,
“Performing is indescribable, it’s God’s natural high… I love the music, I love the fans, I love absolutely everything about it!”
Lyndsey intends to share her music with fans worldwide. The journey has just begun…
Hey there friends and fans! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I love life and try to live each day to the fullest! This world is the greatest gift. Each day I want to enjoy every moment. You all know that music is my ultimate obsession, but of course there is much more to me. Cooking soothes my soul and triggers my brain into creativity. Trying new recipes, baking insanely difficult desserts, and pairing it all with a good wine is a way I escape. Finding ways to turn my favorite desserts into healthy alternatives is so much fun and really rewarding. The more natural I can cook, the more amazing the experience is. Being active, working out, and being outdoors brings me to a higher place! I try to work out 5 times a week and also find time to do new physical things like rock climbing at CLIMB Nashville or taking a peaceful walk around Percy Warner Park. My favorite color is PURPLE, but yellow is right up there with amazing. Animals are God’s way of blessing us with companians and best friends. I have a soft spot for kittens, but can’t help adoring my baby Yorkshire Maci! I am quite energetic and have such a loud personality. Everyone knows when I am around because my laugh takes on its on power! Haha, whoops I can’t help it. My heart is BIG and I wear it on my sleeve. Love songs and love poems bring tears to my eyes. Good lyrics can soothe any pain in my heart and bring the biggest smile to my face. One of my favorite ways to spend a night is a comfy couch, a romantic comedy, red wine, and dark chocolate, and glowing candles. I have the most fantastic friends and family! If all else was ripped away from my life- my family and God would be all I need to have complete happiness. My passion for life stems from my relationship with Jesus. He is my best friend and I try each day to become closer to Him. Thank God for music, this journey I have ahead of me, and for everyone I meet along the way.
Fulton Chain Gang
For almost two decades, The Fulton Chain Gang has entertained audiences throughout New York. Not only have they proved themselves to be a band with staying power, but they have also showed that they have what it takes to rise to the top of the competitive regional music scene.
The “Gang” has shared the stage with a Who’s Who of national acts. Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Josh Thompson, Joe Diffie, Rodney Atkins, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Lawrence, and Toby Keith, are just a few of the performers that the Fulton Chain Gang has opened for. The list goes on & on…Mark Chestnut, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Lee Murphy, Steve Holy, Molley Hatchet, Restless Heart, Mark Wills, and Black Hawk have all shared the stage with this popular band.
The Fulton Chain Gang has what it takes to fill seats in their own right. With their high-energy stage presence and hard-driving country-rock style, FCG consistently plays to packed houses. Venues such as the highly touted Showroom at the Turning Stone Casino Resort, Alex Bays’ Bonnie Castle Resort, Saranac Brewery’s Thursday Night Concert Series, along with many New York’s Sate’s county fairs, have enjoyed standing room only crowds thanks to this popular group.
The Fulton Chain Gang continues to blend modern country with classic country and southern rock for a show that’s enjoyable for all ages. From the top notch entertainers to the high quality sound and lights this band has it covered!