Many Of Last Year’s Fan Fair Performers Now Off Labels

Although the final lineup for Fan Fair (June 12-16) has yet to be announced, several acts who performed at the 1999 show have since left their record labels and, thus, are likely to be missing from the event’s main stage this year.

Among the top names who are between labels are Marty Stuart, who recently departed MCA Records, and Sammy Kershaw, who quit Mercury Records. He both hosted and performed on last year’s Mercury showcase.

Matt King, The Great Divide, Mullins-Black and Jimmy Yeary have all left Atlantic Records, as has Neal McCoy. McCoy, however, has landed at Giant Records and is again scheduled for a Fan Fair performance.

The Roger Springer Band, one of the best-received acts representing Giant last year, has severed its connection with the label after the release of one album.

Gone from Warner/Reprise are David Ball, Michael Peterson, Claudia Church, James Prosser and Brady Seals.

For the first time, Capitol Records will not be staging a Fan Fair show, ostensibly because of a scheduling dispute. Capitol’s show last year featured Trace Adkins, Susan Ashton, Deana Carter, Tyler England, Steve Wariner and comedian Tim Wilson.

To date, the acts slotted to perform at Fan Fair 2000 are Terri Clark, Chuck Wagon, Clay Davidson, the Geezinslaws, Keith Harling, Sonya Isaacs, Toby Keith, Jerry Kilgore, Kathy Mattea, Neal McCoy, Ronnie Milsap, Rascal Flatts, Julie Reeves, River Road, SHeDAISY, Aaron Tippin, the Wilkinsons, Mark Wills, Darryl Worley and Wynonna.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to