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Bluegrass And Traditional Country Hit Summer Stage

Three voices in harmony are bringing the early days of country back to the 2020 Stanislaus County Fair this summer.

The critically acclaimed country trio, Runaway June, will perform on Thursday, July 16 at the Stanislaus County Fair. The trio will appear on the Coors Light Variety Free Stage at 8:30 p.m. The concert is hosted by KAT Country 103.3 and is free with the price of Fair admission.

“If you love bluegrass and traditional country music, Runaway June will not only bring that, but will also bring their amazing vocals and energy this summer,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair.

That sound is at the core of every song on their debut album, Blue Roses (out June 28 via Wheelhouse Records) – especially the hauntingly personal title track. With the sparest of instrumentation and the gloriously rich three-part vocal line that put Runaway June on the map, “Blue Roses” may be a meditation on mortality – but sonically, it stands as a proud mission statement for this band as their first full-length record finally makes its way into the world.

Produced by Dan Huff and Ross Copperman, the album is comprised of six new tracks that join four songs from their self-titled EP (including one barn-burning cover of Dwight Yoakam’s “Fast As You” that’s become a live favorite), Blue Roses demonstrates, the trio puts it, “all the sides of who we are. It’s an album with many different faces.” Whether it’s the bold kiss-off of an opener, “Head Over Heels” or the pain-soaked regret of “Got Me Where I Want You,” the songs share one defining non-musical component as well: an intense, lived-in honesty from three women who’ve earned their scars as well as their victories.

Four years ago, the three women were solo singer-songwriters, connected via the small-town network of Nashville’s Music Row. With a slot opening for Carrie Underwood on her 2019 Cry Pretty tour, more people are discovering their music than ever.

The 2020 Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 10 for a 10-day run. Discounted Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass will be on sale beginning Saturday, April 25, 2020. Corporate ticket sales will also be available to purchase at a highly discounted rate. Visit the Fair’s website for upcoming ticket sale information at