NEA District Fair announces 2022 entertainment lineup

Monday, September 26:

7:00                 REWIND BAND ARKANSAS

Richard, Randy, Darrell and Bob make up the four-piece band REWIND playing their mix of classic country and rockabilly.


Tuesday, September 27:

7:00 Griff the Drifter

Nine-year old Griffin Evans, “Griff the Drifter”, is a fourth grader at Trumann Elementary School. He got his nickname from his good friend, John Barnett. When Griffin was a toddler, he attended many rodeos for his sister to compete, and he would visit all the trailers. He never met a stranger, so John started calling him “Drifter,” instead of Griffin.He has been playing the guitar and taking lessons with his teacher, Patrick Dailey, since he was 5 years old. Over the last two years, Griffin has played with The Arkansas Brothers, The Dukes of Hoggard, Christian Lee & Big Boy Changes, Joe Bateman, LAN LAW, Larry Don Wilbanks, the Drover Cowboy Church worship team, and Vikki McGee and Sonny Campbell.

Griff the Drifter

Elvis Tribute Artist “Zaden J”

Zaden J

Eleven-year-old Zaden Gallion of Jonesboro started his journey as an Elvis tribute artist a little over a year ago. The young Elvis fan now has his own lineup of performances, including the Rock N Roll Cafe near Graceland, Graceland pavilion, Jerry Lawler’s Bar and Grill, and local festivals. He has future shows in the works, including Downtown After Hours in Paragould this October. The feedback from the crowd is part of what Gallion enjoys about performing. When it comes down to it, his favorite part is “knowing I’m trying to keep Elvis’ legacy alive and making people happy.”

Wednesday, September 28:

104.9 The Fox presents the Northeast Arkansas District Fair Combined Jr. and Sr. Youth Talent Contest Wednesday, September 28th at the fairgrounds on Hwy 49N between Jonesboro and Brookland

The Fox Youth talent contest will showcase the areas most talented youth. If you’re between the ages of 10 and 21 and sing, dance or play an instrument…. We want you!

Here are the counties that are part of the NEA District:  Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph, St. Francis, White or Woodruff.

Complete the form and enter now.

Download the entry form:
2022 Fox Youth Talent Contest Entry Form PDF
2022-Fox-Youth-Talent-Contest-Entry-Form WORD

Deadline for entry forms and demos is Monday, September 26 at 5pm.

Audio must be submitted as a digital file playable on a mp3 player/device (phone, mp3 player).

Remember… complete the form at and enter, or download the 2022 Fox Youth Talent Contest Entry Form and mail, or bring it by in person along with your demo:

Jonesboro Radio Group
Attn: Talent Show
314 Union Street
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Local contest rules can be found at

Thursday, September 29:

7:00                 ROOSTER BLUE

Country and Southern Rock band with Keith Cole, Rus Childers, Keith Hardesty, Bill Odom, and Christopher L Webster

Friday, September 30:

7:00 Jim “Moose” Brown Homecoming Show

With Special Guests Steve Azar, Wynn Varble and Don Sampson

Special Pre-Show featuring Ken Yarbrough

Jim “Moose” Brown is coming home. The Nettleton High School alum turned Nashville singer/songwriter/musician will headline his own Jim “Moose” Brown Homecoming Show Friday, September 30 at the Northeast Arkansas District Fair.

The show will include Brown’s special guests Nashville singer/songwriters Steve Azar, Wynn Varble and Don Sampson performing an intimate Nashville songwriter “round” style show. The show is free at the fair grandstand with your paid gate admission. It is presented by 104.9 The Fox and the Central Dealerships.

Moose Brown

As a songwriter Moose Brown won the Grammy award for Best Country Song for co-writing “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”, and he has had songs recorded by Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Steve Wariner, Jamey Johnson, Mo Pitney, John Schneider, Heidi Newfield, Tyler Farr, Darryl Worley, Ronnie Milsap, Josh Turner, David Allen Coe, James Otto, Joe Nichols, Teea Goans, Eddie Montgomery, and others. As a touring musician Moose has toured and recorded extensively as a member of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band. As a record producer Moose co-produced Daryl Worley’s top 10 single “Sounds Like Life To Me” as well as the critically acclaimed album by Jamey Johnson “That Lonesome Song” which features the ACM and CMA Song of the Year “In Color”. The Platinum selling album was nominated at the Grammys, ACMs and CMAs for Album of the Year. Moose also co-produced Jamey’s certified Gold double album “The Guitar Song”, which was also grammy nominated for best country album. As a session player Moose won the award for Academy of Country Music award for Keyboard Player of The Year in 2015 and 2017. He has played on the movie soundtracks of “Varsity Blues”, “Country Strong”, ”Cars, and Cars 2”, and played on over

30 #1 singles and millions of albums sold for a wide variety of artists including Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and many others. Jim “Moose” Brown was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainer’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Steve Azar

A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Steve Azar is a hit songwriter, recording artist, and music producer whose sound traverses a blend of country, blues, folk, and rock n’ roll, a genre he calls, “Delta Soul.” He has released seven critically acclaimed studio albums. Azar’s debut album Waitin’ On Joe was released in 2001. The title track went to #1 on CMT and featured Academy award winning actor Morgan Freeman. From the same album the hit single “I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday)” received three BMI Million-Air awards for over 3 million in air plays and is one of the top five most played songs of the past decade on country radio. Steve has written, and recorded songs for film and has been the music supervisor for a number of movies. In 2006, Steve and his wife Gwen started the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation, and annually host the Delta Soul Celebrity Golf & Charity Event. Since its inception, the foundation has channeled over $950,000 to many worthwhile causes in the Delta and beyond.

Wynn Varble

Wynn Varble came to love country music at a very young age when he discovered his dad’s collection of classic country vinyl albums. He even traded his big brother’s “Grand Funk Railroad” for a copy of Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John”, and he still has a scar to prove it! Around the age of 14, a neighbor showed Wynn a few chords on an old guitar. Before long, Wynn was playing on his own and writing his own songs. After many years of playing in honkytonks & bars, Wynn decided to make the move to Nashville. His first radio single was “Fit to Be Tied Down” by Sammy Kershaw. Since then, Wynn has had numerous hits including three number ones… all three were nominated for “Song of the Year” by the CMA and/or ACM. “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, “Waitin’ on A Woman” by Brad Paisley, and “I’m A Little More Country Than That” recorded by Easton Corbin. In addition to his number ones, Wynn’s had songs recorded by artists such as Garth Brooks, Cody Johnson, Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Mark Chesnutt, Kellie Pickler, Lee Ann Womack, and many others.

Don Sampson

Don Sampson was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Falls Church,VA. When Don was 22 years old, he moved to Nashville from San Antonio,TX, where he had been playing guitar in the honkytonks. Don signed his first publishing deal in 1985 with New Clarion Music. After various successful publishing deals, Don signed with Sea Gayle Music in 2000. His songwriting credits include the #1 singles Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ On A Woman,” Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys,” Alan Jackson’s “Midnight in Montgomery,” and Bryan White’s “Rebecca Lynn.” “Waitin’ On A Woman” also received the NSAI Song Of The Year honor in 2009. Don has won numerous ASCAP awards, seven NSAI awards, and the TNN Music City News Songwriters Award. Other artists that have recorded Don’s songs include Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Jimmy Wayne, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Charlie Daniels, John Conlee, Joe Nichols, and Charlie Pride.

The Jim “Moose” Brown Homecoming Show will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, September 30 with a special pre-show performance by Jonesboro musician Ken Yarbrough, who has known Moose Brown since his days at Nettleton High School. Yarbrough says he recognized Brown’s talent at an early age and encouraged him to follow his dream to Nashville. In addition to his love for music, Yarbrough owns family automobile dealerships and recently opened a restaurant, Poppy’s, in the former Ruby Tuesday location where he is featuring local musicians who perform for customers.

Saturday, October 1

7:00                 GREASY TREE

Greasy Tree started as a blues infused power group with excess hair and even more attitude. Cameron Roberts’ scorching guitar riffs/vocals, dynamic beats/vocals from drummer Creed Slater, Josh Copeland’s southern rock riffs, powerful harmonies from Caitlyn

Grey Finley, and gritty bass tones/vocals from Red Dorton create a chemical reaction of Rock and Soul that is bound to take you back to your roots. The band itself might be dripping with fresh grease, but these artists are well seasoned. The trio met through other local projects and eventually joined forces on a European tour in 2015 with Teenage Head Music. Their dynamic was undeniable, and they quickly turned their attention toward Greasy Tree.

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