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98 FM KCQ Country Music Fest

 

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* Travis Tritt, Jamey Johnson to perform at 98 FM KCQ Country Music Fest *

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Thousands of country music fans came to the 98 FM KCQ Country Music Fest in 2008.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

SAGINAW, Mich. -- If you loved the Downtown Hoedown, then this festival is for you. Even if not, you should still check out the 98 FM KCQ Country Music Fest. It is held annually on Saginaw's Ojibway Island and you can get there on one tank of gas. This year's headliners are Travis Tritt, Jamey Johnson and Jessica Andrews. Local band Stone Cold will perform at 11 a.m. and then in between each artist on the new Island Stage. There is also a classic car show, motorcycle show, kid's tent and an arts and craft area.

The festival is FREE and open to the public. It is being held on Saturday, June 21st from 9 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Entries for the car show and the Biker's Heaven motorcycle show are accepted beginning at 7 a.m.

Additional activities include an arts and crafts area, a children's area, a giant food tent and an information tent. Restaurants that will have booths set up on the island include Famous Dave's BBQ, Jet's Pizza along with traditional carnival food -- hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, etc.

Travis Tritt is headlining the Country Music Fest this year at 3:30 p.m. Tritt was born on Feb. 9, 1963 in Marietta, Georgia. He began writing songs in high school. During his childhood, Tritt was obsessed with music. He was regularly seen spending hours in his bedroom playing the guitar. Tritt made his breakthrough with his first album, Country Club. It produced five singles including his number one "Help Me Hold On".

His second album, It's All About Change, produced three hits: "Anymore", "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'", and "Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)". Tritt was admitted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1992, at the young age of 29. He has appeared in many films including Blues Brothers 2000 and 2001 Maniacs.

Tritt has more than 30 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts including five which went up to number one. He received two Grammy Awards for Both Country Vocal Collaboration in 1992. Tritt was also received three CMA Awards.

Jamey Johnson was born in Enterprise, Alabama. He was influenced at an early age by the likes of Alabama and Alan Jackson. Johnson quit college after two years and then served in the Marine Corps Reserves for eight years. One of his first jobs as a singer was opening up for David Allan Coe.

In 2000, Johnson moved to Nashville and released an album titled, They Call Me Country. Johnson met Buddy Cannon, who helped him get a songwriting contract. Johnson went on to write "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" for Trace Adkins. In 2005, Johnson signed with BNA Records and released the single "The Dollar", which became his first hit single.

Johnson was dropped by BNA Records and later signed by Mercury Nashville in 2008. His first single for his third album, That Lonesome Song was "In Color." Johnson co-wrote the song with James Otto and Lee Thomas Miller. His second single off that album is "High Cost of Living".

Jessica Andrews was born on Dec. 29, 1983 in Huntingdon, Tenn. She noticed her passion for singing in fourth grade when she performed Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" at her school's talent show. Andrews put a band together at the young age of 11. After singing for producer Byron Gallimore, she was signed by DreamWorks Records Nashville. Andrews later opened for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on tour.

She released her debut album, Heart Shaped World, at 15. Andrews made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 1999. Her second album, Who I Am, contains her only number one single, the title track. She went on tour with Billy Gillman in 2001. Andrews won the Top New Female Vocalist Award from the Academy of Country Music.

Her third album was Now, and it included the hit "There's More to Me Than You." In 2003, Andrews began dating Marcel, a fellow country music songwriter. On her fourth album, Ain't That Life, the single "Summer Girl" later became a hit. In 2008, Andrews signed with Carolwood Records. Her first single for the new album, "Everything" was released in November 2008. She is currently working on a new album that should be released later this year.

Local country band Stone Cold will perform at 11 a.m. and also in between the main stage artists during set changes.

The Country Music Fest is organized by Saginaw radio station WKCQ 98.1 FM. The event started in 1992 with its first performers being Trisha Yearwood and Aaron Tippin. Ever since, it has grown into one of the largest FREE country concerts in the region.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Tracy Lawrence performed at the 98 FM KCQ Country Music Fest in 2008.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Joe Nichols performed at the 98 FM KCQ Country Music Fest in 2008.

 

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Each year, the 98 FM KCQ Country Music Fest takes over Ojibway Island in downtown Saginaw. The one-day festival includes music, a classic car show, a motorcycle show and an Arts and Crafts area. National artists perform on the Main Stage and Newcomers perform on the New Faces Stage. Sponsors of the festival include Chrysler - Dodge - Jeep, Northwest Energy and HealthPlus of Michigan.

 

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