Country singer Wade Hayes draws inspiration from cancer-free declaration
FARMINGTON — A wide variety of musical acts will perform their hits during this year's San Juan County Fair.
The concert on Saturday, Aug. 15 will bring country artists Wade Hayes and Bryan White to the Open Air Pavilion stage in the Food Midway at 8 p.m. for a performance they have been perfecting on the road together.
Hayes said the two artists have been touring together and having a blast playing on stage.
"He's a great guy," Hayes said of White, "and I've been enjoying the shows we've been doing together."
Hayes has been touring in support of an album he released in February called "Go Live Your Life," which was inspired by his efforts to handle his second cancer diagnosis. He was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2011 and again in 2013.
The name of the album and title track were inspired by a conversation Hayes had with his oncologist after being declared cancer free for the second time.
"He said to 'Go live your life,'" Hayes said. "I really took it to heart. His words hit me like a load of bricks."
He said making the album was a great healing experience that inspired him to make music with a lighter and more positive sound.
The concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 will bring feature artist Tate Stevens, the second season winner of "The X Factor." He worked in construction and for the public works department of Belton, Mo., before appearing on the television musical competition.
The country band Exile will perform with special guest Juice Newton at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.
Newton has sold more than 10 million records during her career and is famous for songs such as "Angel of the Morning" and "Queen of Hearts."