September 22, 2014

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Country musician Brantley Gilbert to play the fair

Country rock star Brantley Gilbert will headline the Medina County Fair at 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

Gilbert was born outside of Athens, Ga., and credits his songwriting style to his upbringing.

Brantley Gilbert performs at the Outnumber Hunger Live! concert at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, April 5, 2013. Gilbert will headline the Medina County Fair at 8 p.m. Aug. 1. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Although he started out as an acoustic artist, he is best known for his “rock-infused country feel,” which initially garnered him his following in the South.

“We went from these acoustic shows to a bona fide country-rock-soul show that is wide open,” Gilbert said.

“Even when we play a ballad, it is high energy.”

Gilbert released his first studio album, “Modern Day Prodigal Son,” on the Average Joe’s Entertainment label in 2009.

His second studio album, “Halfway to Heaven,” has sold more than 800,000 copies and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.

His two hits off the album — “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” — both reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Chart. As an up-and-coming country artist, Gilbert has gained the attention of country superstars such as Jason Aldean. He also co-wrote Aldean’s single “Dirt Road Anthem.”

“It’s an honor that someone like Jason would want to record one of my songs,” Gilbert said. “It’s a big step for me as a songwriter and I couldn’t have asked for a better artist to perform the song. After all, he’s a Georgia boy!”

Tickets are $33 and admission to the fair is separate.

Last year’s headliners were country superstars Big and Rich. The fair runs July 29 to Aug. 4. A full fair preview will be included in The Gazette on July 27.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.