By Anne Eickstadt

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Sara Evans will headline the 2019 Boone County Fair with special guest Mark Chestnutt.


“Come out and see this. It’s a great show,” Sara Evans said. “I’ve got the best band around – but everyone says that. My son is in the band. He’s my lead guitarist. My brother plays bass and my sister sings harmony.

“I started singing with my two older brothers at age 4 and by age 7 I was doing four hour gigs in bars, fairs…

“I grew up on a farm and my parents listened mostly to country music. By the time I hit my teens I realized that this is what I was going to do. I moved to Nashville and met as many people as I could. I had a few contacts… I was so blessed – it didn’t take me long.

“I would make demo songs, singing the demos for songwriters to audition to singers and record companies. I became known as the new demo singer in town. I was working all the time. Songwriter Harlan Howard introduced me to people at RCA and they signed me on the spot to a seven record deal.

“Born to Fly Records is my own record label, where I recorded my current album.

“All the proceeds from my Signature Series wine (nobody ever asks me about that) it was a limited edition but you can probably still find some, go to the CMA Foundation for music education – inner city schools, rural – any school that needs it – to provide musical instruments and music teachers.”

Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans is at the top of her game. With five No. 1 Country singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent two weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A., Sara thrills audiences across the U.S. playing close to 100 shows each year and in 2018 headlined the “CMT Next Women of Country Tour.”

Her “stunning, country voice” (Rolling Stone) has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. In addition, the CMA awarded Video of the Year honors for her hit chart-topping single, “Born to Fly” from her double-platinum album of the same name. Evans’ discography also includes the platinum-selling studio albums ‘Real Fine Place’ and ‘Restless’ and the gold-certified ‘No Place That Far.’

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