Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard

ROCK SPRINGS — The Sweetwater Events Complex is moving ahead with plans for the 2021 Sweetwater County Fair/Wyoming’s Big Show.

The first concert announced for 2021 is country star Frankie Ballard, who will perform in the fair’s After Dark Concert Series starting at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, with support from Genesis Alkali.

Country-blues-rocker Ballard released his latest album “El Rio” to critical acclaim and was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the “25 Best Country and Americana albums of 2016” and The Tennessean as one of the best 16 Nashville albums of 2016.

With combined album sales of over 450,000 to date and more than 150 million total streams across all streaming platforms, Ballard continues to be a country music stand-out, mixing an American heartland rock sound with traditional country and blues, according to a press release.

Ballard’s previous album, “Sunshine & Whiskey,” produced three consecutive No. 1 singles – the platinum-certified title track, the gold-certified “Helluva Life,” and one of the Top 3 Billboard Country Airplay songs of 2015, “Young & Crazy.”

He has performed on national television including “Today,” “Live with Kelly” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Ballard has performed and toured with Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Bob Seger, Kenny Chesney, Big and Rich, and Sugarland and played festivals such as Summerfest, Tortuga Music Festival, and CMA Fest.

The release said Sweetwater Events Complex is expecting to host the Wyoming’s Big Show that the community has come to love. The board and staff said they are excited about getting Wyoming’s Big Show back after canceling last summer.

Watch for additional information additional concerts as well as a full lineup of secondary entertainment and 4-H & FFA events throughout the fair. Wyoming’s Big Show is produced in cooperation with Explore Rock Springs & Green River, WY. For more information, visit www.SweetwaterEvents.com.

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