American Idol finalist and country singer wows Chenango crowd

NORWICH – Following five weeks of the Chenango Blues Association’s Summer Concert Series and the night after legendary guitarist Les Dudek rocked the Chenango County Fair Entertainment Tent, it seemed county residents and fairgoers were ready for a little country – Josh Gracin-style.

Approximately 1,700 fans of the American Idol finalist – he placed fourth overall in the second season – were on hand last night to witness Millennium Entertainment’s Guitars Under the Stars showcase, according to Millennium owner Terry Potter.

Hours before Gracin would hit the stage, local favorites Hailey and Shawn, 12-year-old vocal phenom Kaitlyn Jackson – who recently returned from a recording session in Nashville – the Beadle Brothers and Cassidy Lynn and Sundown wowed the crowd with foot-stomping offering of country and country-influenced performances.

“This is a great show and we appreciate all of the support we’ve received from our friends, family and fans; it means the world to us,” said Matt Beadle, who reported the brothers’ debut album, “To the Moon and Back,” continues to do well on radio and with fans new and old. “This was just a great time.”

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