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Worley headlines youth fair

Country singer seeks new image

Country singer seeks new image

August 02, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Country singer Darryl Worley might be best known for his patriotic songs stemming from the two fronts - Afghanistan and Iraq - of the U.S.'s war on terrorism.

"Have You Forgotten?" hit No. 1 on Billboard's hot country singles and tracks chart in 2003, and his more recent "I Just Came Back From a War" reached as high as No. 18 on the hot country songs chart, according to www.billboard.com.

But Worley wants people to know he and his music are about more than solemn tributes.

"I got pigeon-holed early on into this whole really solemn, heavy messages ... ," Worley said in a recent phone interview. "I'm just trying to change that whole perception a little bit and break out of that mold as the great American Boy Scout."

Visitors to the 60th annual Berkeley County Youth Fair, which starts Monday, Aug. 6, will get to hear Worley sing some of his more recent songs as well as his hits when he sings Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Youth Fairgrounds. The 8 p.m. concert is included in the $5 admission price for the fair.

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The fair averages 5,000 to 8,000 people a night, fair spokeswoman Carolyn Linton said.

Other entertainment includes truck and tractor pulls Monday and Tuesday nights, bull riding Thursday, Aug. 9; a demolition derby Friday, Aug. 10; and a double figure-eight derby Saturday, Aug. 11.

Carnival rides will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Other activities include food-eating contests and a horse costume contest.

But the headliner is Worley, whose life is full of change.

After almost 10 years with the same management company, Worley was changing his management team and looking for a new record label after his old label, 903 Music, folded, he said.

And then there's that image change Worley talked about.

One move in that direction was the July issue of Playgirl, in which Worley was invited to pose for the magazine's country music edition.

"It's not full-frontal," said Worley, now single. It was done tastefully, he said.

While Worley said he got blasted by a couple of people for posing for the magazine, he said he doesn't care.

"I wasn't going to do it. Then I got to thinking about it. I always worked really hard to take care of myself," he said. Plus, Worley said, he's proud of how he looks at age 42.

"People are talking, and it's like a million dollars of free publicity," he said.

Another move in changing his image was his album "Here and Now," released in November 2006. Other than "I Just Came Back From a War," the album is mostly upbeat and funkier than his previous music.

The album was influenced by Southern rock and the blues stuff Worley said he picked up while writing songs with Fame Publishing in Muscle Shoals, Ala., before moving to Nashville in 1994. He now lives in Savannah, Tenn.

Worley plans to rerelease "Here and Now" - which Worley said hadn't really gotten off the ground when 903 Music folded - with two or three new songs.

Meanwhile, he is touring the country, bringing his more light-hearted show to venues like the Berkeley County Youth Fair.

"I want light-hearted fun stuff to get people into the show and get their feet moving, and get them moving out of their seats," Worley said.




Berkeley County Youth Fair schedule



Events at Youth Fairgrounds on Golf Course Road near Martinsburg, W.Va.

Monday, Aug. 6

· 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Fair is open

· 1 p.m.: Indoor exhibits open, exhibit hall

· 1:30 p.m.: Small pet show, indoor arena

· 5 p.m.: Commercial exhibits open, commercial building

· 6 p.m.: Carnival opens

· 6:30 p.m.: Truck and tractor pull, track area

· 6:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies with welcome and Miss Youth Fair contest, indoor arena

Tuesday, Aug.7

· 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Fair is open

· 9 a.m.: Horse showmanship, horse arena

· Noon: Indoor exhibits open, exhibit building

· 1:30 p.m.: Dog show, indoor arena

· 5 p.m.: Commercial exhibits open, commercial building

· 5 p.m.: Ice cream-eating contest, indoor arena

· 6 p.m.: Carnival opens

· 6:30 p.m.: Truck and tractor pull, outdoor arena

· 7 p.m.: 4-H style show, indoor arena

Wednesday, Aug. 8

· 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Fair is open

· Noon: Indoor exhibits open, exhibit building

· 4 p.m.: Chicken barbecue, exhibit hall porch

· 5 p.m.: Commercial exhibits open, commercial building

· 5 p.m.: Sight mobile (Lions Club provides vision tests), commercial exhibit area

· 6 p.m.: Carnival opens

· 6 p.m.: Doughnut-eating contest, indoor arena

· 7 p.m.: Mini-tractor pull, outdoor arena

· 8 p.m.: Country singer Darryl Worley in concert, amphitheater

Thursday, Aug. 9

· 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Fair is open

· 9 a.m.: Horse show, horse arena

· Noon: Indoor exhibits open, exhibit building

· 5 p.m.: Commercial exhibits open, commercial building

· 5 p.m.: Sight mobile, commercial exhibit area

· 6 p.m.: Watermelon-eating contest, indoor arena

· 6 p.m.: Carnival opens

· 6:30 p.m.: Kiddie pedal tractor pull, indoor arena

· 8 p.m.: Bull riding, track area

Friday, Aug. 10

· 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Fair is open

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