Meadville Tribune

August 16, 2013

Have a Fields day as county fair opens

By Keith Gushard
Meadville Tribune

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — “Folks can expect a lot of fun and a high-energy show,” Richie Fields said of his free country music concert tonight at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

Fields and his band kick off the evening grandstand entertainment at the 2013 Crawford County Fair with a free show at 7:30.

“We play the modern country sound with original songs and some covers of songs people are used to hearing with some ‘old school’ country, too,” Fields said.

Fair Board member John Lasko, who heads the board’s entertainment committee, called Fields’ act dynamic.

“We saw him at the (Pennsylvania) State Fair Convention (in January) and he was really, really good. We wanted to get him signed for our free concert.”

In fact, Lasko was so impressed with the band he met with Fields right after his state convention show ended.

“As soon as we walked off the stage in Hershey, he said he wanted to talk about us playing Crawford County,” Fields said with a laugh.

Tonight’s concert at the county fair marks an early stop on Fields’ current interstate tour, which includes fairs and other venues in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Fields has three albums out with the latest, “Smile,” produced in Tennessee last year.

He has several well-received radio singles, including “Wichita,” which crowned the Indie World Chart, and “Devil in the Mirror,” a fan-favorite that charted on Music Row, Nashville’s music industry publication.

Fields was named by the Country Music Association’s “Who’s New to Watch” list and Country Weekly magazine’s “Who’s New” feature.

He’s also played the CMA Music Festival several years in a row and opened for big-name country stars on national tours, including The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia and Frankie Ballard. The Band Perry plays the Crawford County Fair on Tuesday night.



Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.



You can go

A free country music concert is tonight at 7:30 at the grandstand of the Crawford County Fair featuring country music artist Richie Fields. Admission to the concert is free. Admission to the fairgrounds is $5. Persons attending the concert may bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on the racetrack if they wish, instead sitting in the grandstand.