Autauga County Fair Organization
P. O. Box 680267
Prattville, AL 36068-0267
Gary Essary - Fair President
Mike Surles - Fair Vice President
Anthony Castaldo--Entertainment Director
Shawn Hudak - Commercial and Non-Profit Booth
Autauga County Jr Cattlemen
Lowell Strock - Livestock Director
9/2: See home page information about this year's fair.
DISTANT KIN 6:30-7:30pm
Distant Kin is a four-piece string band from Montgomery, Alabama. The band plays a mix of Irish folk and bluegrass music, employing such instruments as acoustic guitars, dobro, banjo, mandolin, Irish tin whistle and electric bagpipes. Their debut album, "The Recession Waltz", is now available on CDBaby.com.
JESS MEUSE 5:30-6:30pm
I'm Jess. I was born in Texas, and I currently live in Slapout, Alabama. I have always had a passion for music, and it has been with me since I was a toddler. I wrote my first song when I was 18 in response to a real-life situation, and my writing just continued to mature from that day on. I taught myself guitar during my high school days, and I'm still driven to advance my skill as a guitarist. I've always been a singer, though, ever since I can remember.
All of my songs are a part of me, and they're all true stories.
My influences have been affected by literally every genre of music. My music is a blend of rock with a southern twist from my country influence from growing up on country music!
To list a few of my musical idols: Coldplay, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stevie Nicks, Death Cab for Cutie, Shinedown, Apocalyptica, Alter Bridge, GroupLove, and Bruno Mars.
My shows include a variety of songs, including both originals and covers.
Dixieland Cloggers 4:00-4:30pm
RUSSELL GULLEY 3:00-4:00pm
With the release of his CD, "Back to the Swamp" in 2004, Muscle Shoals music veteran, Russell Gulley re-vitalized his recording career after over two decades of silence. His last commercial recording had been released in 1980 with the MSS/Capitol recording act,Jackson Highway, a southern rock group nurtured by Jimmy Johnson and David Hood of the Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studios, the home of the Swampers, the group immortalized by Lynyrd Skynrd in the southern classic, "Sweet Home Alabama".
Russell’s return to recording focused on the roots of the music that first influenced him, a mix of Americana that blends blues, soul, gospel, country, and rock and roll.Gulley is now back at Johnny Neel’s Straight Up Sound in Nashville recording his second solo CD, yet to be titled, but one that continues his journey into the “acoustic swamp” of blues, rock, and Americana. His brother and co-founder of Jackson Highway, Dennis is back in the producer’s chair and is joined by guitarist Chris Anderson of the Outlaws on resonator, Johnny Neel on harp, and rounding things out, Russell’s stage partner, guitarist Doug “Blind Willie” Jones.
Russell continues to perform around the South appearing at festivals such as the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, the Eutaw Black Belt Folk Roots Festival, and venues that support roots, traditional, and original music. He also serves as a DANA trained teaching artist in residence for the Fort Payne City School System in his home town, and travels to schools around the state of Alabama presenting his arts-in-education program, Intro: Folk Music, Blues, and Tradition.
During his hiatus from recording, Russell continued to be involved in his first love of songwriting and has had several "cuts" of his songs by artists such as Johnny Neel, former Allman Brothers band member, The Beat Daddys, a Malaco/Waldoxy recording group, and Carl Weathersby, the heir apparent to blues legend, Albert King.
Gulley originals, such as his current single, “Love L.U.S.T. Love” will make up most of the tracks on the new CD. "I'm striving to contribute to the Muscle Shoals tradition," said Russell in a recent interview, "a tradition of song writing that is non-pretentious, a tradition that truly has given Muscle Shoals its soul".
For more information be sure to check out Russell's website, www.russellgulley.com, go to Dick Wooley’s King Mojo Records at www.kingmojo.com and catch him live, up close and personal, to take a musical trip "Back to the Swamp".