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The 2024 Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, Iowa will get off to a roaring start with the hottest female act in country music. Lainey Wilson's career is on fire, and she's coming to eastern Iowa next July.

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Wilson, a Louisiana native, went to a show at the Grand Ole Opry when she was nine years old. She would later say, "I remember exactly where I was sitting in the crowd... I just remember looking up there, being like, 'Man, I wanna do that.'"

Nineteen years later, in 2020, Wilson strode onto the famous Nashville stage as a performer. She recalled, "When I stepped foot in that circle, it was all over. I just started crying."

Like so many artists with the dream of a career in country music, Lainey Wilson moved to Nashville after graduating from high school. The year was 2011. She wrote songs and performed for years before getting her big breaks in 2018. That's the year she signed a management deal, a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, and a recording contract with BBR Music Group.

In 2019, Wilson toured with Morgan Wallen and her music was featured on 'Yellowstone', a show she would later appear in as an actress. The following year, the song "Things a Man Oughta Know" was released to radio. In September of 2021, after nearly a year on the charts, it became her first number one song. Lainey Wilson had arrived.

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Since that time, Wilson has been unstoppable. She's topped the country charts with Cole Swindell ("Never Say Never") and Hardy ("Wait in the Truck"), along with solo efforts like "Heart Like a Truck" and most recently, "Watermelon Moonshine". That song remained in the Top 10 last week, while her hit with Jelly Roll ("Save Me") entered the Top 10.

Wilson will be joined for the concert in Monticello by 23-year-old Jackson Dean. A Maryland native, his debut single "Don't Come Lookin'" reached #1 in 2022. Dean's current single "Fearless", just entered the Top 30.

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Lainey Wilson and Jackson Dean perform at the Great Jones County Fair on Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 10. All the details on the show, including ticket prices, are available here.

Several other things to note:

  • Listen to 98.1 KHAK's Brain and Courtlin each morning at 7:10 this week to win tickets.
  • There is a KHAK-exclusive presale on Thursday, November 9. Presale information will go out Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. To receive it, download the free 98.1 KHAK app and turn on Concert/Event alerts.
  • Watch for a password on Wednesday night's CMA Awards on KCRG TV-9. You'll be able to enter it on the 98.1 KHAK app here immediately and call in with it throughout the day on Thursday to win track tickets to the concert.

Below are photos from Lainey Wilson's record-setting performance at the Great New York State Fair in August of 2023.

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Before last night, when we last saw country star Lainey Wilson in Upstate New York, she was an "opener" on the Morgan Wallen show last July at SPAC. Wilson had a few big hits under her cowgirl belt at the time, but she was nowhere near the superstar she is just one year later.

While on tour with MW last summer, she wasn't even the "main" opening act, that spot was reserved for Hardy.
Needless to say, since then her rise has been meteoric.

With a starring role on the hit TV show Yellowstone, smash hits "Wait in the Truck" with Hardy, and "Heart Like a Truck", TV commercials, viral TikToks, and a new album, it's no wonder the breakout artist of 2022 is slaying it 2023!

On Wednesday, the bell bottom-wearin', country song beltin' superstar smashed the attendance record at the Great New York State Fair, Lainey Wilson drew 53,200 people, shattering the attendance record for a state fair concert. The previous high was 43,000 set by Nelly at last year's fair.

Ahead of Thursday night's show with Eric Church at SPAC, our fantastic resident photographer Claude Sawyer snapped these images of Wilson during her record-setting performance in Syracuse. Enjoy!

Gallery Credit: Brian Cody TSM Albany

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