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Fans reserve spots early for Little Texas show

August 05, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Lacey Macphail started listening to Little Texas when she was a little girl. Now 23, the Falling Waters, W.Va., woman said she still remains a devoted fan.

"I like country," Macphail said before the band's performance Wednesday night at the 62nd Berkeley County Youth Fair.

Macphail and a friend from Martinsburg were among the earliest country music fans to claim choice lawn seating at Harry D. Shelley Park's amphitheater, arriving nearly two hours before the show began. About half of the amphitheater appeared to be filled by the time the show began. Fair officials said the venue could hold 5,000 to 6,000 people.

"I just want to hear some good country music tonight, relax, chill out, with the girls from work," said Marion Fear of Spring Mills, W.Va., who was joined by Barbara Foerster of Hedgesville, W.Va., April Potts of Martinsburg, Pott's father, David Rudy, and at least a few others from Martinsburg Internal Medicine.

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Potts said she reserved their blanketed spot near the stage about 3:30 p.m.

"I love Little Texas. I love all their songs," said Candy Peacemaker of Martinsburg, who said she arrived about three hours before the show.

Del. Walter Duke, R-Berkeley, said the band's performance was "a cheap date" for him and his wife, Mary.

"I like some of their songs, yeah," Duke said. When asked for his favorite country act, Duke said Brad Paisley, a West Virginia native.

"I like a lot of 'em. I spend five hours (driving) down and five hours back from Charleston listening to country most of the time, if it's not talk radio," Duke said.

Duke's wife admitted she wasn't as big a fan and doubted whether she had heard Little Texas before Wednesday night.

Mary Jane Gesford of Falling Waters, W.Va., said she came to the fair to hear the featured music act for 20 to 25 years.

"It's usually country music or bluegrass, which is my favorite, but I listen to the others, too. I like all kinds of music," Gesford said.

When asked for a favorite past performer at the fair, Gesford said Lee Greenwood, who she said she also saw perform in Tennessee.

Little Texas fan Terry Doyle of Hedgesville said he didn't want to miss an opportunity to see the band play.

"I've followed them over the years and I just wanted to see them again while they're here," Doyle said.

Doyle said he didn't have a favorite song, adding that he liked all of their music.

Before taking the stage, band members had pictures taken outside their tour bus with Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair and other fair officials.

Introduced as having 15 Top 10 songs, three No. 1 hits and having sold more than 7 million albums, Little Texas is celebrating 20 years in the business this year.

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