Melissa Etheridge to perform at Franklin County Fair

MALONE — A longtime singer-songwriter will headline the musical entertainment during the 2023 Franklin County Fair, taking the stage at the fair’s grandstands on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 12.

Melissa Etheridge, originally from Kansas, has been performing for decades after releasing her eponymous debut album in 1988.

Tickets for Etheridge’s concert at the fair will go on sale, online, at www.frcofair.com, on Saturday, according to a press release from the Franklin County Agricultural Society.

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades, according to the release.

Some of Etheridge’s award-winning hits include “Ain’t it Heavy,”, “I Want to Come Over,”, “I’m the Only One,” and “Come to My Window.”

Etheridge released her latest album in 2021, “One Way Out,” which features a collection of her unreleased songs from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

This year’s Franklin County Fair will run from Aug. 6 to 13.

In addition to Etheridge the main stage will host a pair of country singers Thursday night of fair week when Bailey Zimmerman and special guest Nate Smith take the stage.

Zimmerman, a singer from southern Illinois, released his debut extended play record “Leave the Light On” this year, which produced the singles “Fall in Love” and “Rock and a Hard Place,” on an album that exhibits his experiences working long hours on a gas pipeline, while drawing musical inspiration from the country music he listened to on long-haul truck rides with his father, and the ’80s hair bands he heard at home with his mother, according to the press release.

Zimmerman will be joined on stage by Smith, a country music singer out of Nashville who went viral on TikTok with his song “Wildfire” in 2020.

Smith released a new album “Whiskey on You” in 2022.


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