Friday, June 4, 2010

Fashion show puts country stars on different stage

With 28 celebrity fittings crammed into the last three days and the artist list finalized, event producer Shane Tarleton is in the home stretch planning the fourth annual Country Weekly Fashion Show and Concert.
The event — set this year for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Wildhorse Saloon — annually attracts about 1,000 fans, all eagerly awaiting the sight of their favorite country singer strutting down the runway in the latest fashions.

"I think the thing that makes the event most special for me is that it is so different than a standard show or autograph session," Tarleton said. "You see artists who aren't accustomed to walking a runway. It's interesting for fans to get to see their favorite acts and new acts do stuff they normally wouldn't get to. A lot of guys are really nervous about it."

This year's fashion-forward lineup includes Love & Theft, Pam Tillis, Bucky Covington, Aaron Tippin, Whitney Duncan, Sarah Darling, Coldwater Jane, Clay Walker, Joe Nichols and others.

"We always pride ourselves on bringing in new acts that have just hit in the last year," Tarleton said. "It's an opportunity for fans to see acts they've never seen ... and we're also bringing in some gold acts."

Nichols' participation this year goes beyond a walk down the runway. The singer, who recently enjoyed success with multi-week No. 1 "Gimmie That Girl," will sit down with Blair Garner on stage at the Wildhorse to chat about the evolution of his career.

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