Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. As a dedicated supporter of the troops, Adkins has performed seven USO Tours.
His autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, recounts the former oil-rigger's rise to fame, battles with personal demons and life as a father of five daughters. Trace played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), he developed and hosted GAC’s “Great American Heroes” and in December, he will host the American Country Awards on FOX for the fourth consecutive year.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. Forty-two years later, Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen are still going strong.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970s album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, let to three pop hits including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker's “Mr. Bojangles.” Will the Circle be Unbroken album included Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter and became such a landmark event it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.
In the early 80s the band returned to their Nashville roots once again with mainstream country music, and in 1989, the group revisited the Circle concept again gathered a circle of legendary performers, including Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash for the album, Circle II, winning three Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association Album of the Year. With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today.
Mark Wills has numerous hits that include "Jacob's Ladder," "Don't Laugh At Me," "I Do (Cherish You)" and his seven-week number one smash, "19 Something," which was the 2nd most played song at country radio for the 2010 decade to name just a few. In addition, he has sold millions of albums. However, he's not even close to being finished. We haven't even mentioned his TV show, 3 Gun Nation!
His trips overseas to entertain the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan number over six trips, usually over the holiday season to perform for our fighting men and women of the Armed Forces. He feels it's his duty to our country to do what he can for those who sacrifice, even if it means taking time away from his own wife and two daughters, Mally and Macey. It would seem that Mark doesn't brag about his community service work because he thinks it's a responsibility we share as Americans. He's also associated with the Children's Miracle Network.
The Return got started in 1995 when four young friends got together to play their favorite Beatles songs just for the fun of it. It wasn’t long before they played in front of an audience at the request of a friend and as it turned out, were very well received. That show, which was supposed to be a one time thing, led to another gig - which led to another and so on until the band found themselves playing on a regular basis under the name, The Roaches.
As time went on, they became fixated on the idea of striving for the highest level of authenticity possible. In the years that followed a few members came and went, and the band took on a more professional presence. They got an agent, changed their name to The Return, and made their mark both in the United States, and internationally, including in England.
The Shenandoah County Fair is a regional tradition since 1887, when organizers first wanted a way to showcase local agriculture. It's grown in size and scope over the years, offering more and more to an increasingly diverse public. Through it all, the fair manages to always stay true to its roots. Now, along with world-class entertainment in the grandstand, family-friendly action on the midway and a wealth of special programs during fair week, visitors from all over the country still visit the agricultural buildings, sample scrumptious local food ... and simply enjoy the down-home friendliness that's always been a trademark of the Shenandoah County Fair.