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Erie County Fair announces two country concerts: Hunter Hayes and Lee Brice

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Wed, Apr 20th 2016 06:30 pm

The Erie County Fair announced two country concerts were added to the GUSTO Grandstand lineup as part of the National Grid Concert Series. Hunter Hayes will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. The following day, on Monday, Aug. 15, Lee Brice will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for these shows will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Friday, April 29.

Ticket prices for the shows are:

•Hunter Hayes: $40 for reserved track seats and $30 grandstand general admission

•Lee Brice: $45 for reserved track seats and $35 grandstand general admission

Tickets will be on sale via www.Tickets.com or over the phone by calling 1-888-223-6000. Service fees may apply. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Fairgrounds main office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Grandstand tickets purchased in advance include admission to the fair on the day of the show.

Hayes' first self-titled album was released in 2011. Though just 19 at the time of the release, Hayes co-wrote all the songs on the album as well as played all of the backing instruments. (He can play more than 30 of them.) From that alum the song "Wanted" won the American Country Music Award for both Single by a New Artist and Music Video by a New Artist.

In 2014, Hayes released his second album, "Storyline," which featured the single "Invisible." As a promotional stunt for this album, as well as to raise awareness for child hunger, Hayes broke the Guinness World Record for the most concerts performed in different cities in a 24-hour period.

Hayes' latest album, "The 21 Project," was released in November as more than just an album, but as an art project. It features seven new songs that are repeated across three discs. The first set of songs are fully produced in studio, the second are the songs produced acoustically, and the third are the songs as performed as part of Hayes' "Wheels Up" Tour.

Country singer/songwriter Brice began his career writing songs for artists such as Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eli Young Band and Tim McGraw. His big break came when he let Garth Brooks record and release "More Than A Memory" in 2007. The song was the first song in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Song chart to debut at No. 1.

From there, Brice began his own singing career with the release of his 2009 album, "Love Like Crazy." The title song of the album became the longest-charted song on Billboard's Hot Country Song Chart. The album was followed up by 2012's "Hard 2 Love," which brought three No. 1 singles to Brice's resume. Of these singles, "I Drive Your Truck" took home the 2013 Country Music Award for Song of the Year and the 2014 American Country Music Award for Song of the Year. In 2014, Brice released his latest album, "I Don't Dance."

From slow ballads like "I Drive Your Truck," to upbeat party tunes, like "Parking Lot Party," Brice's music is as diverse as it is fun.

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