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    The Kentucky State Fair concerts announced this week are a typical mix of genres aimed at attracting the largest, most varied crowd they can to the fairgrounds in August.

    On opening night of the fair with special guest Gavin DeGraw.  Clarkson is best known for being the inaugural winner of American Idol and has gone on to establish herself as a pop music force every year since. 

    The second night of the Fair belongs to rock favorites Journey and Heart. According to USA Today, Journey was named the fifth best rock band in American history. Throughout Journey’s three decades of commercial success, 18 power ballad hits reached top 40 including, “Any Way You Want It,” "Faithfully", "Open Arms", "Send Her My Love" "Separate Ways,” and "Wheel in the Sky." Their signature song, “Don’t Stop Believing” is the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history, surpassing two million downloads in 2008. Heart members, Ann and Nancy Wilson, stormed the charts in the ‘70s and ‘80s with hits like "Crazy on You," "Barracuda," "Straight On," “What About Love” and “Alone.” These hits have been featured on numerous movies and television shows, as well as influencing the sale of 30 million records.  Ticket announcements will be released at a later date. 

    Keith Urban, who is set to release his fifth studio album at the end of this month, takes the stage Aug. 22.  As a country music tour-de-force, Urban has released a total of seven studio albums charting more than 15 singles on the U.S. country charts, including 10 number ones. Urban’s last album, “Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing” spawned four top six hits and was certified two-times Multi- Platinum. Special Guest Pat Green will open for Urban singing chart-rising songs like “Wave on Wave” and “Feels Just Like It Should.” Ticket announcements will be released at a later date.

    Winding up the fair and playing on closing night is country singer-songwriter Taylor Swift  with Kellie Pickler (another American Idol alumus) and Gloriana.  Swift has emerged on the country/pop music scene as a successful crossover act, with her self-titled debut album producing five hit singles on the Billboard charts and was certified three-times Multi-Platinum.

    Fellow country artist Kellie Pickler rose to fame after finishing sixth place on American Idol in 2006. Her debut album generated three top 25 singles, with “I Wonder” reaching #14. Newcomer Gloriana released its first single, “Wild at Heart” in 2009. 

    All tickets will be available at the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center Ticket Offices and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at (502) 361-3100 or 1-800-745-3000, or purchase online at using ticketFast.

    For more information on this and other exciting Kentucky State Fair entertainment and events, visit

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