NASHVILLE Close to 100 country artists will perform at Fan Fair 2000, the 28th annual staging of country music’s unique lovefest with fans.
The combination nonstop outdoor festival and autograph session runs from June 1216.
A weeklong series of concerts is capped by the live TNN Awards show on June 15, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, who’s served in that capacity twice before. Most major artists also sponsor private concerts and parties for their fan-club members during the week.
This Fan Fair will likely be the last one held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville; no decision has been announced by parent organization the Country Music Association about a future site.
Fan Fair performances lineup:
June 12: John Michael Montgomery, Craig Morgan (Atlantic Records); Keith Harling, Neal McCoy, Johnny Staats, the Wilkinsons (Giant Records); Chad Brock, Anita Cochran, Chalee Tennison, Bryan White (Warner/Reprise/Asylum); John Anderson, Tammy Cochran, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joe Diffie, Billy Gilman, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, The Kinleys, Danni Leigh, Montgomery Gentry, Collin Raye, Ricochet, Yankee Grey (Sony Music).
June 13: Steve Holy, Shane McAnally, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, LeAnn Rimes, Sawyer Brown, Tamara Walker (Curb Records); Naomi Judd (host), Terri Clark, Eric Heatherly, Kathy Mattea, Mark Wills (Mercury Records); Vince Gill (host), Gary Allan, Mark Chesnutt, Alecia Elliott, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Sons of the Desert, Lee Ann Womack, Chely Wright (MCA Records).
June 14: Chuck Wagon & The Wheels, Sonya Isaacs, Rascal Flatts, Shedaisy, Aaron Tippin (Lyric Street Records); BlackHawk, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Pam Tillie, Phil Vassar (Arista Nashville), Bill Engvall (host), Tracy Byrd, Kenny Chesney, Jennifer Day, Sara Evans, Andy Griggs, Lonestar, Coley McCabe, John Rich, 3 of Hearts (RCA Label Group).
June 15: Clay Davidson, Jerry Kilgore, Tom Mabe, Ronnie Milsap, Julie Reeves, River Road (Virgin Records Nashville), Pete Fisher (host), Loretta Lynn, Ricky Van Shelton, Dayle Singletary (Audium Entertainment). International show: Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Adam Couldwell, Jane Saunders, Rhonda Vincent, Wylie & The Wild West (Rounder Records), The Geezinslaws, Jack Greene (Step One Records). Bluegrass show: Artists to be announced.