THE LINE-UP of country music stars at this year's Utah State Fair is impressive: Tanya Tucker, the Bellamy Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Lacy J. Dalton.Among the acts, The Oak Ridge Boys are perhaps creating the most interest. And creating the most interest among the Boys is young Steve Sanders, the Lance Handsome, golden-voice baritone who replaced William Golden several months ago.
Sanders took a moment last week to share his state fair to middlin' insights with the Deseret News.
"I like singing at state fairs," he says. "You can get a lot of people into the place and you can get corndogs. Two great recommendations. Besides, between shows we Boys being boys like to slip out and have a wild ride or two. Fairs are a great last fling before fall."
The Oak Ridge Boys have played Utah several times in the past. The group was originally a gospel group, and now that gospel music is gaining a listening audience, the Boys are reprising some of their old harmonies and hits.
"We didn't do any gospel songs until a couple of months ago," says Sanders. "Now we end the show with a gospel medley. But then a lot of the Oaks' songs have had a gospel-type message to them. I'm thinking of `Thank God for Kids,' for instance."
Whatever songs they sing, the Oak Ridge Boys have built a career on their energy. It's highpowered entertainment.
"Our style is to get out there and hit 'em high, hit 'em low and don't be afraid to get our suits dirty," says Sanders.
As for other acts coming in, here's a rundown of dates and a capsulized look at each. All shows are in the utah State Fair Grounds arena, with performances at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $4 general admission. Tickets available at the fair grounds box office.