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First of 2019 California Mid-State Fair lineup announced

Cardi B, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion to perform

PASO ROBLES, Calif. - The 2019 California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles is shaping up to be one for the record books.

On Friday the Mid-State Fair announced the first six of their 2019 lineup which is headlined by Grammy winners, country superstars and an up-and-coming boy band.

The performers are:

MIRANDA LAMBERT


When: Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $41, $56, $91 and $116 - On sale Friday, February 15.

About Miranda Lambert:

VannerRecords/RCA Records Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, having been bestowed this honor for nine consecutive years. Her accolades include 2 Grammy Awards, 13 (CMA) Country Music Associations Awards,and 32 (ACM) Academy of Country Music Awards as well as many other honors, including the prestigious Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony.

The Texas native released her last record, a double album titled The Weight of These Wings in November 2016, that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. She touts six studio albums to her repertoire; Kerosene (2005), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007), Revolution (2009), Four The Record (2011) and Platinum (2014), the latter earning Lambert a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album, in addition to her previous GRAMMY win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2010 for “The House That Built Me.”  The first song released from The Weight Of These Wings, “Vice,” received multiple Grammy and ACM Award nominations. Lambert’s next single “Tin Man”, which she debuted at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards in 2017 won Song Of The Year at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM).

Miranda toured extensively in 2018, starting with the “Living Like Hippies” in January and then following it up with “The Bandwagon” summer tour with Little Big Town. She was also honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame and named “Artist In Residence” with 2 performances in September.  As if that wasn’t enough, she wrapped the year with releasing another Pistol Annies album on November 2.

CARDI B

When: Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $51, 471, $101 and $131 - On sale Friday, February 15.

About Cardi B:

Raised in The Bronx of New York City, American rapper Cardi B gained attention in 2013 as a self-acclaimed “Internet celebrity” when several of her music videos went viral on Instagram. In 2015, she made her official musical debut joining Jamaican artists Shaggy and Popcaan in a remix video of Shaggy’s hit “Boom Boom.” Shortly after, Cardi B was nominated for both Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist during the 2017 BET Awards.

At just 25 years old, Cardi B is recognized as the best-selling female rapper on the radio today and is the first female rapper to secure two No. 1s on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart from a debut album with “I Like It” and “Bodak Yellow,” and is the first artist to accomplish this feat since 2013. Additionally, “Bodak Yellow” racked up six major music industry awards in 2018, including Single of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards and Favorite Song Rap/Hip Hop at the American Music Awards.

Her debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” is currently nominated for two GRAMMYs in 2019: Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. These are two of seven total GRAMMY nominations for Cardi B this year including nominations for Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Rap Performance, and Producer of The Year, Non-Classical.

BLAKE SHELTON

When: Sunday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $51, $86, $131 and $156 - On sale Friday, March 1.

About Blake Shelton:

Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. His most recent album Texoma Shore became his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marked his 11th all-genre Top 10. Texoma Shore features tracks including “I Lived It” and “I’ll Name The Dogs,” a romantic tune that boasts more than 115 million streams and marked his 25th No. 1 song.

In the week following album launch, Shelton became the first artist in Country Aircheck / Mediabase history to have six songs chart simultaneously. Texoma Shore follows 2016’s Gold-certified If I’m Honest, the best-selling country album release of the year, which spawned three chart-topping songs and earned him a No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums and the all-genre Top Album Sales charts.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including 20 ACM nominations and both the male and overall Video of the Year trophies at the 2018 CMT Awards. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show The Voice, Shelton is a six-time champion, most recently with his contestant Chloe Kohanski. Off stage, Shelton has teamed up with Ryman Hospitality to open a string of Ole Red entertainment restaurant venues, a nod to his 2001 hit of the same name. The first location in his home town of Tishomingo, OK opened in September 2017, while the space on Nashville’s lower Broadway hosted a week-long grand opening in June of 2018. Locations in Gatlinburg, TN and Orlando, FL are due to follow.  

For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit www.BlakeShelton.comand follow @BlakeShelton. 

WHY DON'T WE

When: Monday, July 22 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $26, $41, $51, and $71 - On sale Friday, February 22.

About Why Don't We

Since forming in September 2016, the members of rising dance-pop group Why Don’t We have enjoyed several moments they describe as “surreal,” including hearing their current single, “Something Different,” on Los Angeles’ influential radio station KIIS FM for the first time, watching their latest EP, Why Don’t We Just, hit No.1 on the iTunes Pop chart (besting albums by Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars), and learning that their summer headlining tour sold out.

Over the past year, the members of Why Don’t We have truly bonded as friends, and their genuine camaraderie shines through in everything they do, including in their playful YouTube videos and especially in their feel-good, melody-minded, harmony-laden music. “Our songs are always really positive,” says Daniel. “That’s something we make sure is always a part of it.”

“Fans tell us all the time, ‘You’ve gotten me through hard times in my life with what you do,’” Jonah says. “It’s an amazing feeling as an artist to know that you’re affecting people in a positive way and getting them through hard situations. It means a lot to us.”

ZAC BROWN BAND

When: Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $51, $71, $91, and $131 - On sale Friday, February 8, 2019.

About Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group lead by front man, Zac Brown. Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. To date, the group has won three Grammy Awards including Best New Artist in 2010, sold more than 30 million singles, 9 million albums, has achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and are the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats. Zac Brown Band has headlined 8 North American Tours and currently holds the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the iconic Fenway Park. Since their debut, Zac Brown Band has developed a reputation with critics and fans alike as one of the most dynamic live performers, marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.

OLD DOMINION

When: Monday, July 22 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $36, $46, $66, and $81 (Pit & Price Level 1) - On sale Friday, February 22

About Old Dominion

On “So You Go,” a song on Virginia-based country band Old Dominion’s second album, Happy Endings, lead singer Matthew Ramsey weaves a tale about a couple caught in an on-again/off-again loop (“She tells you it’s over, this time she means it, she doesn't love you, but you don’t believe it”) but with a surprise twist happy ending. Or is it?

“There are a lot of relationships where you break up, get back together, break up, and then suddenly it works,” says Ramsey.
“It might not be a happy ending,” muses multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen. “She might just be getting a booty call.”
“Sounds like a happy ending to me, man,” Ramsey says.
“Or she might be like, ‘You want to come over? I'm going to tell you one more time, face to face, that you're a f*cking a**hole,’" says guitarist Brad Tursi.
Concludes Ramsey with a comically sad sigh: “Clearly, we don't know what the songs are about.”

The above exchange says a lot about the playful spirit that exists between the five friends in Old Dominion, two of whom have known each other since high school, Virginians Ramsey and drummer Whit Sellers, who met Tursi and bassist Geoff Sprung (also Virginians) in college, and rounded out by Detroit native Rosen, whom the others met in Nashville, where they each moved to pursue careers as songwriters (Ramsey, Rosen, Tursi) and session players (Sprung and Sellers). In Nashville, Ramsey, Rosen, and Tursi have enjoyed major success writing for other artists, collectively scoring an impressive string of hits (including seven No. 1’s) for such artists as Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, and The Band Perry.


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