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Shenandoah headlines Martin fair
by Lilly Adkins

Shenandoah took some time to pose with local residents. BSN photos/Lilly Adkins (click for larger version)
INEZ — Country group Shenandoah headlined this year’s Saturday night music show at the Martin County Fair, with standing-room-only crowd members singing along to their favorite songs and a few dancing a jig.

Shenandoah’s appearance at the fair came as the group prepares to promote a new CD.

“It’s all new and they are great songs,” bass guitarist Jim Seales said in an interview with the BSN. “We haven’t titled it yet, but it’s real good and you can quote me saying that.”

For a photo gallery from the fair, click here

YOUNGER KIDS TRIED to win prizes by picking up their favorite colored duck. (click for larger version)
Preferred readers can view a video clip of Shenandoah by clicking here

The band just finished a concert in Colorado and was on its way home when making the stop in Martin County last Saturday night.

“It’s home from here and then New York and Montana,” Seales said.

Curt Vinson writes most of the songs for the band and claims his favorite song is the one that took him the least amount of time to write.

“I wrote ‘Next to You, Next to Me’ at half-time during a football game, and it took me about 12 minutes to write,” Vinson said. “New York was playing.”

CHILDREN OF ALL ages enjoyed riding the merry go round. (click for larger version)
Vinson said that money is a real inspiration for writing the hits, but that anything creative comes from God.

Band members said that they were working Muscle Shoals in Alabama when they first got together.

Early on in its career, Shenandoah ran into legal problems because of its name and wound up having to buy the rights to the name because the record company failed to check out whether the name was already in use by someone else.

“We had Diamond Rio as our corporate name and then a band came out with that name,” Seales said. “Our attorney said now is the time for you to sue and get some of your money back. We didn’t want to do that because we already knew what we had been through, and so we sold the name Diamond Rio to the group for $1, which we have never received. They never even said thank you.”

Band members said they were on the bus getting dressed when they found out that they had won an award shortly after they started working together.

“We were so excited and couldn’t believe we won,” Seales said. “We were actually watching to see who won and never even thought it would be us.”

Band members said they went to Grundy, Va., last year and were driving a different bus, one that was formerly owned by Ernest Tubb.

“We got to this one hill and the bus couldn’t make the climb,” Seales said. “We had to hitch a ride with someone driving past in a pickup truck. Marty Stuart is driving that bus now.”

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