Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 26, 2013

Crowds expected for both days of ‘Thunder’

GRAYSON — Fans of country music and good fireworks alike are debating which evening will draw the biggest crowd to this weekend’s Carter County Thunder events in Grayson.

“It has been split down the middle. My friends in Lexington say they expect a bigger crowd on Friday just for Sundy Best,” said organizer and founder Lincoln Theinert, who added his friends in this area have been following the music of Saturday’s performers, Weston Burt and Chris Janson. “WTCR has been playing Chris’s song and a lot of people here have been following him and watching for his video on CMT.

“Janson is an American country music singer. In 2009, Janson recorded two duets with Holly Williams on her album “Here with Me.” He signed to BNA Records in October 2009 and released his debut single, ‘’Til a Woman Comes Along,’ in April 2010,” according to Wikipedia. The video for his song “Better I Don’t” is currently popular on CMT. Weston Burt currently has a hit with his song “Lucky Sometimes.”

”Personally, I’m excited just for the question mark Friday brings,” Theinert said.

Each of the three headline acts should be well received by the Carter County Thunder crowd, Theinert speculated.

“It’s kind of like having three horses in the Derby instead of one,” he said.

In addition to the rising-stars, Theinert said the Friday and Saturday shows will have excellent support from local artists. Kyle Fields will be the guest artist for the Sundy Best show Friday, with opening acts by Morgan McGlone as well as Mallory Aronholt, both of Olive Hill. The gates for Friday’s show open at 6 p.m., Theinert said, with music getting started at 7 p.m. Admission for Friday’s show is $5 per person, and Theinert noted the evening will essentially be a concert event with no fireworks or other attractions, such as inflatables for children.

Admission to the Carter County fairgrounds is free on Saturday, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and music starting at 6 p.m. with an extended set by Dustin Burchett and Southern Ground. Burchett’s band will be followed by Weston Burt and later, Chris Janson. Theinert said Saturday’s event will include inflatables, with the annual fireworks display launching after dark.

For more information about Carter County Thunder, call Theinert at (606) 776-6560.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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