For anyone who loves country music, there’s only one place to be, and that’s the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds on April 20, 2013, as the 19th Annual WFMS Country Music Expo rolls into town.
Thew one-day event will feature a dozen of the industry’s top country music artists, including Austin Webb, Corey Cox, Billy Dean, Eric Paslay, Greg Bates, Gwen Sebastian, Jaida Dreyer, Katie Armiger, Maggie Rose, Sweetwater Rain, The Henningsens and Tracy Lawrence. This is a great even for the country fans of all ages, and the perfect way to kick off the start of sprring.
While they are all outstanding artists, for sake of brevity we have chosen to highlight just a few.
A Few Highlights
Tracy Lawrence, whose songs include such recognizable hits as “Alibis,” “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” “Paint Me A Birmingham,” and “Time Marches On,” has been a mainstay in country music for several years, and has racked up an impressive 22 top-10 Billboard hits, in addition to 18 number-1 singles. He has sold more than 13 million albums.
Greg Bates is an up-and-coming country star who made a splash on the charts recently with his hit song, “Did It for the Girl.” In addition, he performed in the Grand Ole Opry debut in April of 2012.
Billy Dean’s country music career spans over two decades and includes five number-1 hits and eleven top-10 singles, a platinum album, a Grammy nomination, the Academy of Country Music’s Song of The Year and Vocalist Of The Year.
The Henningsens are an interesting trio that consists of Brian Henningsen, his son Aaron, and daughter Clara. Their debut single “American Beautiful” was released December 17, 2012.
Eric Paslay’s country music career took off when he signed with EMI Records Nashville in 2011 and released his debut single, “Never Really Wanted”. He collaborated with Jake Owen to write the hit single, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” with Eli Young Band to write “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” and with country music duo, Love Theft, to write “Angel Eyes.” He also worked on tracks for Lady Antebellum.
Corey Cox Returns to Indy
Corey Cox last performed in Indianapolis during Super Bowl XLVI. This Hoosier native originally played college baseball and was known for his 85 mph fastball. But at the young age of 20 he decided to leave small town life in Indiana to pursue a career in country music. Starting with nothing but a Martin guitar and a dogged determination, he went from performing before an audiences of as few as six fans in his living room to having recently released his third album, “Good Night Comin’ On.”
“This was my first time being able to co-produce a record, “says Cox. “There’s something really special about that. The songs were in my own hands for molding. It was so much fun to see my stories come to life in the studio. I wanted to produce this record with enormous energy and I feel these tunes will all bring that desired high energy and contagious enthusiasm to a live show atmosphere. I love entertaining and telling stories – the songs on this album allow me to do both.”
- Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11am – 6pm
- Indiana State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
- Tel. 317-927-7500