Meadville Tribune

March 9, 2012

Thompson Square, Eli Young Band to play Crawford County Fair

Staff Writer
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Thompson Square and Eli Young Band are the first of the highlighted concerts announced for the 2012 Crawford County Fair. Tickets for the Aug. 21 7:30 p.m. show by the co-headling acts go on sale March 19, according to fair officials and show sponsors Palmerio Toyota, Superior Toyota and Allegheny Toyota. Additional acts will be announced later as they are signed, according to fair officials. Thompson Square Thompson Square is the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Fans began getting to know Thompson Square with the release of their Grammy nominated No. 1 platinum-plus radio hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” Things have happened very quickly since then. Thompson Square earned three fan-voted American Country Awards for Single of the Year by a Group, Single of the Year by a New Artist and Music Video of the Year by a New Artist. In all, Thompson Square was nominated for 14 industry awards in 2011. In 2012, the current Academy of Country Music Awards nominee for Vocal Duo of the Year, is set to thrill fans again with the premiere of a new ballad, “Glass,” hailed by The Washington Post as a “poignant meditation on human vulnerability.” “A year ago we were bartending down on Broadway” in Nashville Keifer said in a news release announcing the local performance. “To go from behind the bar to the other side of the world, it’s been difficult to grasp the magnitude of what’s going on. We just try to put out songs that we love, and we hope our fans will like them too. The rest is in God’s hands.” Eli Young Band With its 2008 major label debut album Jet Black and Jealous, the Eli Young Band positioned itself as an up-and-coming national act on the contemporary country scene. The album reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and yielded the band’s first Top 10 country single “Always The Love Songs.” The band’s aggressive tour schedule has provided ample opportunity for the band to test new material from the forthcoming album — their first on the Republic Nashville label — on live audiences. “We’ve had a ton of songs to choose from,” guitarist James Young, the Young of Eli Young Band, said in a press release announcing the local show. “Crazy Girl,’ the lead single from the forthcoming album Life At Best, sold 47,000 downloads its first week. The song made its debut at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Singles chart, prior to entering the radio Top 40. “Our roots are in old-school country music. That's what we always strive for,” said lead vocalist Mike Eli. “This comes out in everything we do, building up organically from the ground up, in our sound as well as the way we approach touring. We want to be innovative, but at the same time grassroots.” You can go Thomspon Square and Eli Young Band perform in the Toyota Concert Series on Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crawford County Fair. Tickets are $30 on the track and $25 in the grandstands plus a $5 general admission ticket to the fair. Tickets go on sale March 19 at 10 a.m. at (800) 585-3737 or online at crawfordcountyfairpa.com. Tickets will be available at the Crawford County Courthouse at noon March 19. You