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Steel Magnolia returns to Tri-State for Cabell and Mason fairs

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Steel Magnolia is a modern country music group that features vocalists and songwriters Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Lindsey.

A few years ago, the duo garnered attention by winning CMT's "Can You Duet" talent show. Using that as a spring board, Steel Magnolia soon found its song "Keep On Lovin' You" moving up to Number 5 on the Billboard Magazine Country Music Chart.

That led to appearances on late night talk shows and several nominations on the CMA and ACM award shows. After a couple of years of touring with Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and others, the duo is determined to break into headliner status.

Steel Magnolia will appear at the 30th annual Cabell County Fair at 7 p.m. today, July 27. More information on livestock events, shows, times and tickets can be found at www.cabellcountyfair.org.

The band will also appear at the Mason County Fair on Aug. 8, in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Lindsey grew up in and around New Orleans while Jones was raised in rural Illinois.

"Where I grew up was pretty nice," said Jones. "I'm from small town, farm country, Middle America in the middle of nowhere. You know, I went through a phase where I moved to the city and moved around and stuff. But, in my heart, I'm just a small town guy who waves to everybody when I'm in my car in the city and they are like, 'Who the heck is this guy, and why is he lifting his fingers up to wave at me?'"

When Steel Magnolia performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman," it was a special moment for both of them. But, that experience was especially exciting for Jones as it became a wish fulfilled.

"I remember when I was about 4 or 5 years old, I sung this song for my Aunt Janette and she always watched David Letterman," said Jones. "She jokingly said to me, 'Well, I'm going to write David Letterman a note and try to get you on the show so you can sing this song that you sing that makes the whole family laugh.' This was in 1984, and I really and truly thought that I was going to get on the show. I remembered that when I was actually on the Letterman stage and he was standing there, watching us perform. I remember thinking, 'Oh my God, this is absolutely the text book definition of a dream coming true.' So, it was pretty surreal and pretty amazing."

As with any artists that achieve a little success, one never forgets the first time you hear your song on the radio.

"It was in Knoxville, Tennessee," said Jones. "We were listening to a radio station and it was about midnight and we were pulling into Knoxville when our song came on the radio. I'll never forget that. It's a great feeling. First, it makes you feel really good, then it makes you crave it and want it more, and then it makes you feel like you've got a long way to go. At least for me, as I'm never satisfied. (The award nominations) were great. I mean, I've never even won a game of bingo until that stuff started happening, so you can imagine. I'm not the type of guy that has ever been super lucky, but I think that hard work pays off."

With Steel Magnolia, however, they try and keep the focus on the fans when they perform.

"We want to give the fans a real good show," said Jones. "That is what people come to see. It's not always about the song, but it's about getting the crowd into it and making them feel like they are not anywhere else but at a concert, making them forget that they have to be at work on Monday morning or that they've got stuff that they are dealing with at home. I think that is a big part of putting on a show, and I think that is something we have learned. It's not all about us and what we want when we're up there. It's about trying to give back to the audience."