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07/23/2005

Wynonna Lights Up CountryFest!

From The Oregonian
During the past decade it's become a staple of the summer concert business, the multi-act, radio station-sponsored festival.

The format is simple: an established star or two to draw the crowd, plus several newcomers trying to get a toehold in the market. Many, such as KUPL's Bi-Mart Countryfest Saturday, are billed as "listener appreciation" shows. However sincere such sentiments (and reasonable ticket prices are one indication), their primary purpose appears to be promoting the station's brand identity.

But if the music's good enough, all the glad-handing appearances by the station's air personalities can seem like a small price to pay. And the music at this year's Countryfest should be quite good.

Wynonna, the headliner, has been one of the most commanding performers in country music since she emerged as half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds in the 1980s, and she remains a versatile, soulful singer. Jamie O'Neal, whose latest single "Somebody's Hero" is in the Top 20 of Billboard's country singles chart, adds some up-to-the-minute star power. The young but already accomplished singer-songwriter Rebecca Lynn Howard is a veteran deserving great recognition. And there's promising newcomer in the Colorado duo Hanna-McEuen (whose mothers are identical twins and whose fathers both are members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Steve Holy and Steve Azar also perform.

--by Marty Hughley

From the fans:
"Wy brought DOWN THE HOUSE"
"All I can say right now is AWESOME!!"
"Wynonna ROCKS"