Herald JournalWinsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Nov. 11, 2002

Winstock artists do well at Country Music Awards

By Ryan Gueningsman

Winstock performers did well at the Country Music Awards Wednesday, including several artists lined up for next summer's 10th anniversary bash.

Hot country acts who are signed for the anniversary festival June 13-14 include Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, and Trick Pony.

Paisley was a big nominee at Wednesday's Country Music Association awards ­ winning the music video of the year for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)," and was nominated for single of the year, and song of the year for the same song, as well as nominated for male vocalist of the year, which he lost out to Alan Jackson.

It seemed to be Jackson's night, with him taking five of the seven categories he was nominated for ­ thanks in large part to his song "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)?."

Paisley has had notable success with songs like "Who Needs Pictures," "We Danced," and "He Didn't Have To Be." He was also selected to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry, one of the highest honors in Nashville.

Missouri native Evans was also nominated for a prestigious award ­ female vocalist of the year, which she lost to past Winstock performer Martina McBride.

Evans has been on the country scene since 1997, and has had numerous awards and nominations. Some of her hit songs include "No Place That Far," "Born To Fly," and "I Could Not Ask For More."

Trick Pony features one of Minnesota's own ­ St. Paul native Ira Dean is the bass player. Teaming up with Dean is stunning vocalist Heidi Newfield and country traditionalist Keith Burns.

Together, the trio has taken the country world by storm, bringing a unique look to the business, but in the same sense keeping their music "traditional country," instead of drifting over to the "pop country" sound like so many artists of today have.

The group has had success right off the bat ­ its first single "Pour Me," introduced them to the world, and most recently the band has "On a Mission" making its way up the charts.

Also joining these artists onstage throughout Winstock weekend will be California son Gary Allan.

He has been in the business since the late '90s, but his career hit a lull when his record label closed.

Now, he is coming back with a new album and single, both called "Alright Guy."

Country legends Loretta Lynn and Ronnie Milsap will also be taking the stage at different times throughout the weekend.

Look for Lynn to perform all of her favorites, including "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Honky Tonk Girl," and "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man."

There is also the possibility of her twin daughters ­ Peggy and Patsy ­ joining her for part of her show, as they did for her performance at Grand Casino Hinckley this fall.

Milsap is a North Carolina native who has been around for several decades, producing hits like "All is Fair in Love and War," and "What a Difference You've Made in My Life."

More acts are still in the process of being signed, and according to festival chairman Dave Danielson, the process of getting acts to commit is ahead of schedule.

"We want the 10-year to be the best," Danielson said. "We have a real strong line-up so far."

People should also be aware of the date change that the Winstock committee had to make due to Fan Fair in Nashville changing its dates.

"It was unfortunate that we had to change the dates because Nashville changed theirs," he said, "and we want to apologize for any inconvenience, but we knew if we wanted any acts, we had to do something."

Tickets to Winstock '03 are on sale now online at www.winstockfestival.com.

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