Music is one of the many activities this year at the fair which is held at Tri-State Exhibition Center located just off Interstate 75 on Nature’s Trail.
As the ladies tour the country, their music comes to life with their hard-driving sound.
Incidentally, the all-girl band added a male to their tour recently … one who they like to say “can carry their luggage.”
Tobi Lee is the flamboyant lead singer for the popular group that performs a variety of originals and cover tunes.
“We had a blast,” said Lee, speaking about the Downtown Block Party show the group did several years ago in Cleveland.
Lee said the group is ready to come home to Tennessee.
At present, the band is in Ohio.
“We have been out of state for three weeks now. We will have one day off, then hit the road again,” Lee said.
Their tour began in June, just after the Country Music Association Fan Fest. The ladies (and one man) will end their tour in September.
The group’s members hail from several states.
Renee Izzi, who is from Maryland, began studying classical violin at an early age. Who knows what made her transition from classical to hard-driving country and Southern rock, but the combination of her talents work.
Ellen Angelico made her way to Nashville via Chicago. The versatile Angelico is liable to break out a banjo, mandolin or guitar while on stage.
Nebraska’s Lisa Romeo is a songwriter and guitarist. Also on the guitar is Mandy Holbert. Holbert showed up from Texas and the only male in the group, Jake Taylor of Oklahoma, is a guitarist, both lead and acoustic, and dobro player.
“He is nice to have for the ladies to look at,” Lee said.
She was talking about the female fans.
“Seriously, Jake is a great musician and an asset to Mustang Sally,” she added.
Mustang Sally has performed alongside high-profile names such as Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, and Blake Shelton, in addition to being demanded worldwide as fair and festival headliners.
Mustang Sally has performed at other events where Skaggs has been.
“I looked off stage one time when we were performing in Canada and ‘Wow,’ there he was … he was watching us,” Lee said.
They routinely perform over 200 dates a year, and have toured the U.S. from coast to coast, as well as Europe and Asia. At the time of the online release of their debut self-titled album on GMG/Universal Records, the ladies were featured in Country Weekly Magazine.
While the music of Mustang Sally appeals to all ages and walks of life, the girls take particular pride in writing songs that “tell it like it is” for women. Mustang Sally's dedication to their fans can be seen at every show, according to their bio.
“We have the best job in the world, and without our fans, we wouldn’t work!” said Lee.
The Foothills Country Fair opens Thursday evening with pageants, then on Friday, games and other events will be available prior to showtime which begins at 8 p.m.
Admission for the fair is $10 per pin that includes all days’ activities and performances. Children under 6 get in free, and admission for ages 6-12 is only $3. On Saturday, gate admission falls to $5 for adults.
Pins are available at Bank of Cleveland, Ace Hardware, Bradley-Cleveland Federal Teachers Credit Union, Check into Cash, U.S. Money Shop and First Volunteer Bank.