SIKESTON - The Sikeston Jaycees are ready to rope in country music fans to the 51st annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.
The Jaycees announced their lineup today at the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce March luncheon, promoting this year's stars as an "excellent mix of solid country music talent and rising stars," said Tim Jaynes, entertainment co-chairman for this year's rodeo. "We believe this year's line-up will really appeal to everyone."
This year's rodeo lineup begins with Brad Paisley, who perform on Wednesday's opening night, Aug. 6. Next will be the group, Trick Pony, Aug. 7; followed by Chris Cagle, Aug. 8 then Chris LeDoux, Aug. 9.
Using the entertainers' hits to introduce them to the Chamber members at the Sikeston Jaycee Rodeo Barn, the introductions by Rodeo Chairman Rob Clay began with Paisley, whose debut album on the country music scene in 1999 was "Who Needs Pictures." Since then Paisley was a Grammy "Best New Artist" nominee and has two Country Music Awards to his credit along with seven major award show trophies and the NASI's "Songwriter of the Year" award.
Paisley's most recent hit, "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" is also a top video, selected by CMT as a "Flameworthy Concept Video. Also it is one of 13 songs making up Paisley's most recent Arista Nashville album, Part II.
A songwriter who often works with his best friend, Kelly Lovelace, Paisley has created songs that touch listeners hearts. Their song "He Didn't Have to Be," a tribute to stepfathers, will soon be the source of a TBS Superstation made-for-television movie.
Country Music's best-selling new group of 2001, Trick Pony's self-titled debut was released in spring 2001 and the album's first single "Pour Me" shot to the tops of the charts. This was followed by "On A Night Like This," which hit No. 1 and "Just What I Do." The group capped their first year with a gold record, an American Music Award for "Favorite New Country Artist" and the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Vocal Group."
Making up the group are guitarist Keith Burns, Ira Dean and Heidi Newfield, a singer and harp player. The group not only performs together, they also write together, co-writing nine of the new albums's 12 cuts.
The group's appeal is wide. They sing the theme song, "5 O'Clock World," to the Drew Carey Show and are one of the featured artists in Budweiser's "True Music" campaign along with The Goo Goo Dolls and Hoobostank.
The Jaycee described the trio as a "high-energy group, that will have the crowd rockin' and rollin' at the rodeo." Chris Cagle will "Play It Loud" on the rodeo's Friday night, typically a sell-out.
As Cagle's debut album, "Play It Loud," is described as a blend of rock and roll's energy with the soul of country. The songs on the album include "My Love Goes On and On," which debuted as a Top 15 Single; "Country by the Grace of God;" and ballads, "Safe Side" and "Lovin' You Lovin' Me." These were followed up by "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out," another Top 15 hit.
During 2001, Cagle played over 200 concerts then spent 2002 touring with Brooks & Dunn.
Returning to the rodeo stage is Chris LeDoux, who will finish the four-nights of entertainment with his show on Saturday. LeDoux last performed at the rodeo in 1996 and was described as a "favorite" by the Jaycees.
With a long history of recording, LeDoux most recently brought out 11 of his favorite early songs about his western lifestyle in the album, "Cowboy." It is his 33rd album.
LeDoux considers himself first and foremost a cowboy. He competed on the rodeo circuit and won the world championship in bareback bronc riding at age 28. After he retired from rodeo competition, LeDoux jumped full-force into his music career.
His songs gained national recognition when Garth Brooks referred to his works in his song "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damned Old)" then with a duet, "Whatcha Gonna Do with A Cowboy" with Brooks.
Rob Clay, Rodeo chairman, summed up the entertainment as a "solid lineup. Each of the entertainers in our lineup has songs that are big hits, especially top 40 caliber. They are good entertainers and all well-known."
But the entertainment is just one reason to buy a ticket to the rodeo, said Clay. "We hope people will support the rodeo because the money the Jaycees get from rodeo will be given back to other organizations or other events."
To emphasize this point, Clay announced a special preview opening of the ticket office today and Friday. For each ticket purchased these two days, the Jaycees will donate a dollar St. Jude Children's Hospital for their weekend telethon.
For more information about the 51st Annual Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo check their Website: www.sikestonrodeo.com.