Jamboree signs artists

Sean C. Morgan

The Charlie Daniels Band, Chris Young and Steve Holy have been added to the list of performers for the 2012 Oregon Jamboree.

The Jamboree announced the additions to its lineup last week. The 2012 Jamboree will be held Aug. 3-5.

The three join headliner Rascal Flatts and Neal McCoy, who will be host and perform on both the main stage and the second stage in Sankey Park.

“The Charlie Daniels Band, they’re probably the most known across the board,” said Teresa Stas, marketing and sales manager. “Chris Young is probably the hottest thing going right now.”

Young has had four No. 1 singles in the past year, Stas said. “I really actually like him a lot. He has a really traditional sound. He’s already really big in the country world. He’s country through and through.”

Fans who enjoy traditional country in the vein of George Strait should enjoy Young, Stas said. Young performs on Sunday of the Jamboree.

The Charlie Daniels Band performed at the Jamboree in 2000. The Charlie Daniels Band will open for Rascal Flatts on Friday of the Jamboree.

“The good thing about the Charlie Daniels Band, they’re best known for ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia,’” Stas said. They’ve been at the Jamboree before, and a huge cross-section of people, from 20-year Jamboree veterans to 13-year-olds, are familiar the Charlie Daniels Band.

Holy performed at the Jamboree in 2007 and is a country music staple, Stas said. He also performs on Sunday. His biggest hit was “Brand New Girlfriend,” and he enjoyed a lot of airplay five to six years ago. He’s been around, and people tend to recognize him.

“He’s a fun act,” Stas said. “He’s a fun show.”

Jamboree staff is busy preparing for the 20th anniversary Jamboree, and things are going well, Stas said. “Ticket sales are fantastic. We’ve sold more than we ever have at this point in the year.”

Reserved seating is pretty much sold out, Stas said, except for a few single seats, which won’t last either.

A lot of people are already calling about Sweet Spot reservations for the area right in front of stage where they can stand during shows, Stas said, but the Jamboree isn’t selling tickets to that area yet. They’ll go on sale after the other two headliners are announced. The Jamboree is hoping to announce them before the first of the year.

“It’s moving right along,” Stas said. The event has a new presenting sponsor, Albany-based South Pacific Auto Sales, which sells RVs, trucks and auto parts, making it a good fit for the three-day camping and country music festival.

“It’s really cool we’ve got somebody local,” Stas said. In addition, the event has most of last year’s sponsors returning.

With the festival’s 20th anniversary looming next year, the staff is planning an extra special event.

“We’re going to make a few little changes here and there,” Stas said. “We’ve got stuff brewing. We don’t have anything nailed down yet.”