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Tate Stevens and Justin Moore Headline Catt. County Fair

By Jesse Mast

Another summer, another lineup of great music.. The Cattaraugus County Fair has announced two big country music shows, Tate Stevens and Justin Moore, to hit the grandstand July 31-August 1, 2013.

Tate Stevens

Last year Tate Stevens was a champion on the television music competition “The X Factor.” This year he’s a rising country star with two charted singles.

“I don’t want to go back to asphalt work and concrete work,” said Stevens on an October 2012 episode.

Instead, Stevens went on to win the competition and a $5 million contract with Synco Music/RCA Records Nashville. Since then, he has had two songs on the Billboard charts: “Power of a Love Song,” which reached 51 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, and “Holler If You’re With Me,” peaking at 50 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Though Stevens has only fairly recently entered the spotlight, the 38-year-old is no beginner in country music. Following high school, Stevens had played with the Dixie Cadillacs, who got to open for several famous country singers, and in 2008 he formed the Tate Stevens Band.

Stevens’ debut album, “Tate Stevens,” is scheduled for release this month. The album is so highly anticipated that Stevens had to schedule an additional album release performance in his hometown of Belton, Mo., after the first show sold out within 30 minutes, according to the singer’s website.

Tate Stevens will perform at the Cattaraugus County Fair on July 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for track seating and $20 for the grandstand.

Justin Moore

Justin Moore’s first No. 1 hit, “Small Town USA,” reflects his upbringing in the small town of Poyen, Ark. At age 18, however, the singer made the move to a bigger city — Nashville — hoping to pursue a career in country music.

So far, the result has been three No. 1 hits and two Gold-certified albums: “Justin Moore” in 2009 and “Outlaws Like Me” in 2011. Both albums reached Gold status last year. Since his first album release, Moore has toured extensively with some of the greatest country singers, including Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brad Paisley.

At the Inspirational Country Music Awards in 2011, Moore won an award for his song, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” as well as for the song’s music video. In 2012, Moore was an American Country Awards nominee for Breakthrough Artist.

Currently Moore is on his first headlining tour, “Outlaws Like Me.” He is also working on his third studio album.

Justin Moore will perform at Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds on August 1 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: $35 for track seating, $30 for bleacher seating and $28 for the grandstand.

Tickets for both shows go on sale April 25 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds Corporate Building or at (716) 938-9146. Costs of tickets are in addition to fairgrounds gate admission, which is $7 presale or $9 the day of the show.

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