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Raucous crowds treated to energetic gig from Brice, Ballard

August 21, 2014

By Konstantine Fekos, The Meadville Tribune, Pa.

Aug. 21--WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP -- Country music star Lee Brice sang about being "hard to love," but concert fans certainly didn't think so as they packed most of the racetrack and grandstand for his concert with opening act Frankie Ballard at the Crawford County Fair on Wednesday night.

Country music fans Brad Tucker and his wife, Joyce, drove about two hours from Roulette near the New York/Pennsylvania border and found themselves at another concert well-worth the trip.

"We love it," Joyce said, holding a Lee Brice shirt styled like a Budweiser beer logo. "I've been to a lot of concerts and to me, this is one of the best."

The couple has attended Crawford County Fair concerts for the past several years and only had the best to say about seeing Brice and Ballard for the first time.

"It was excellent," Brad said. "They really do a good job here."

Brice and his brothers-in-music, the Love Cannons, had the crowd up and cheering as soon the first flashing strobes ushered them onto the stage.

"We thank y'all so much for being here," he shouted out to thousands of screaming fans, who couldn't seem to get enough of his bright smiles and energetic performance.

Countless fairgoers swayed and sang along with the band, some even climbing up on their chairs to dance to several of the their hits, including "Friends We Won't Forget," "A Woman Like You" and the immensely popular "Beer."

Brice showed he was as much a storyteller as a musician, sharing witty anecdotes about love and dolling out good-humored relationship advice.

He and the Love Cannons weren't the only ones charming the crowd Wednesday night, however, as fans got a taste of something new from Ballard and his crew.

"When (Ballard) went up through the aisles, that was really cool," Joyce said. "I've never seen that before. I actually got to shake his hand."

Ballard not only cut a beeline through the racetrack seating. He eventually found his way up to the grandstand lights, coming back down to the bleachers only to shout out to the fairgrounds and beckon passersby to come in and grab a seat for the show.

Konstantine Fekos can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at


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