Fan favorite

Fair manager expects huge turnout for Dylan Scott show

Courtesy photo by Cameron Powell Dylan Scott is known for his musical talents and hit song “My Girl” and his rising hit “Hooked.”

Country music’s rising star Dylan Scott’s signature, sexy, deep baritone doesn’t strike the country crooner as “anything special” but his fans sure think differently.

His newest single “Hooked” ranked No. 7 on the Billboard Country Music chart Aug. 14 — and was expected to continue climbing — for the red-hot Scott, who is the second-most played country artist. His first smash hit “My Girl” hit No. 1 in 2017, a song inspired by his high school sweetheart now wife Blair.

Fair manager Darrell Jones expects Scott to draw “a very large crowd” when he appears at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 during the American Legion County Fair in Ebensburg. Fans will hear those hits and be teased with a taste of what he has been writing recently.

His break-out album Dylan Scott Deluxe Edition came out two years ago, so Scott’s looking forward to releasing more of his music in early 2019.

Asked what his fans can expect, Scott said, “People come out to these fairs and festivals and want to hear what they’ve already heard, but we may do one or two new ones. We hope to put on the best show we possibly can and hope our fans will enjoy the music. And, for the people who may not know our music, we hope to win them over or at least have them walk away saying, ‘We like him as a person.'”

Scott is enjoying his hard-earned popularity on country airwaves the past two years.

“I remember going around in a smelly, black 1999 van with eight guys, so I am enjoying this right now,” he said. “I feel I’m in my favorite times right now.”

During a phone call from his Nashville home before getting back on the road, Scott credited his father Scotty Robinson, for helping him develop his musical talent.

“I started singing in church and then around the house,” Scott said, calling his father an “excellent musician who was always willing to share his opinion.” Seeing his son achieve such over-the-top success hasn’t deterred Robinson from dropping suggestions.

“He’ll always share his opinion, but now I kinda do things my way,” he said chuckling.

In the 40 years Jones has been booking acts for the grandstand, he said, Waylon Jennings takes the crown for the largest paid attendance at 24,244 in the late 1980s. The list of performers at the annual fair reads like a who’s who of country music: Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Conway Twitty, Randy Travis and the Oak Ridge Boys, he said. As for Scott, the timing is favorable.

“We booked him eight or nine months ago and lucked out because he is playing at Hershey Park Arena on Sunday and then will be here Monday,” Jones said. “The song is hot and likely to be at No. 1 by then. He’s a good looking guy and seems to have all the right things going for him to be a huge success. The young girls are expected to be right up front screaming for him.”

On his part, Scott is also looking to playing the county fair.

“I am from a small town and these festivals remind me of growing up and going to these fairs. I like to see how many people are going to come.”

Staff writer Patt Keith can be reached at 949-7030.