Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:00 AM
Florence, Ky . . . April 28, 2010 . . . Country music up-and-comers Josh Thompson and Trailer Choir headline the next two installments of the Country's Rising Stars concert series at Turfway Park.
Fresh off the release of his Columbia Nashville debut, Way Out Here, Thompson is scheduled to appear at the Florence, Kentucky, venue on Saturday, May 15.
Trailer Choir, whose 2009 debut Off the Hillbilly Hook included the hit "Rockin the Beer Gut," is confirmed for Saturday, June 19.
The Cef Michael Band, with special guest Marty Connor of Code 9, will open both shows
Doors open at 7pm and the shows begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door or may be purchased in advance at Turfway Park by calling (859) 371-0200. Parking is free.
Members of the Country Club, the fan program of Cincinnati radio station B-105 FM, can redeem their club points for tickets via the station's website.
Fans can win show tickets and access to Meet and Greet receptions with the artists during on-air giveaways on B-105 and through Turfway Park's Facebook and MySpace pages.
Thompson staked his claim on blue-collar, honky-tonk country with Way Out Here, which reached #9 on Billboard's Top 40 Country Albums chart and remains on the chart after eight weeks. In addition to the title cut, hits from the project include "Blame It On Waylon" and "Beer on the Table." Before his debut release, Thompson was best known for writing "Growing Up is Getting Old," title song of Jason Michael Carroll's 2009 release. He has opened for such artists as Jamey Johnson and Hank Williams Jr. and beginning next month will appear with Brad Paisley's 39-city H2O World Tour.
Trailer Choir—Butter, Big Vinny, and Crystal—earned its big break when Toby Keith introduced himself after one of their performances; the group would subsequently open 49 of Keith's shows. Trailer Choir's good-time sound took off in Off the Hillbilly Hook and led to a performance at the CMA Music Festival, the title cut's inclusion in the movie Beer For My Horses, and a current CMT Award nomination for Best Group Video for "Rockin' the Beer Gut." Also from the debut project, "What Would You Say?" explores the other end of the emotional spectrum while "Rollin' Through The Sunshine" is the newest single to gain airplay.
Country's Rising Stars radio partner B105 is the top country station in the Cincinnati market and the reigning Country Music Association Large Market Station of the Year.
A Thoroughbred racecourse established in 1959, Turfway offers live racing in September and from December through March and simulcast racing year round. The track is owned by Keeneland Association and Harrah's Entertainment. Turfway's Country's Rising Stars series debuted in April.