Fair announces Friday night headliner
Country music artist James Otto will be the Friday night headliner at this year's Lassen County Fair.Photo submitted
April 25, 2013 — The Lassen County Fair has announced country music artist James Otto will be its featured Friday night headliner.
This year's concert is scheduled for Friday, July 19 at the Main Grandstands. For ticket information, call the fair staff at 251-8900.
Otto may be 100 percent country, but he's also got a heart full of soul. On his third album, “Shake What God Gave Ya,” Nashville's breakout star puts his God-given lung power to work on a set of songs that make even more determined use of the old-school R&B grit in his powerhouse voice.
“I look at my sound as somewhere between Nashville and Memphis,” Otto said, setting the new record's compass point firmly on the map.
Otto hails from the great Northwest, which hasn't turned out a huge number of country music stars, though it hasn't been for lack of local interest.
“Country music is actually really big up there. I know when people think of Washington state they think of Seattle, but the side of Wash., that I'm from, which is the high plains/desert side, is all straight-up agricultural.” Not that he isn't equally proud of being a Nashvillian, which you might guess from his ability to pinpoint the date he made the move (“thirteen years ago, August 4”).
Concert-goers will also be entertained by the Chris Gardner band which will open for Otto.
With the release of their first album titled, “The Answer,” the band is just getting started. Excitement is buzzing over their first single, “Everybody Loves My Baby” and managing more than 150 shows per year, it's sure to be heard. With their country-rock lyrics, soulful harmonies, high-energy performances and vulnerability on stage, the Chris Gardner Band always gives their best.
Five musicians whose talents excel alone but thrive together are taking huge steps towards flourishing careers in music. The band has opened for major country artists such as Chris Young, Luke Bryan, Love and Theft, Jerrod Neiman, Joe Nichols, Mark Chestnut, Josh Gracin and more.
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