By Jim Davis
Don’t be afraid to shout and let Chris Janson know you’re having a good time at his county fair show. In fact, he’s counting on it.
Fresh off the success of his debut album “Buy Me a Boat” Janson said he’d like nothing better than to throw a little party when he headlines the Miami County Fair concert Aug. 14 at the fairgrounds.
“I thrive on hand-clapping and people standing up and having a good time in the name of music,” the Missouri-native said during a recent phone interview. “I feed a lot off the crowd. The louder they yell, the better I get.”
Joined by opening acts Carter Winter and Jameson Rodgers, Janson said he plans on playing a selection of his own hits, as well as songs he’s penned for other artists through the years.
“We’re looking forward to coming to Troy. It’ll be a family oriented show – classy, clean and good times,” Janson said. “We’re going to sing a lot of songs off the ‘Buy Me a Boat’ album and a bunch of other hit songs that I’ve written for friends of mine that have been on the radio. There’ll be a lot of harmonica playin’ guitar playin’ and hand clapping. We’re going to have a good time.”
An accomplished songwriter – he co-wrote LoCash’s Top-5 hit “I Love This Life” as well as songs for Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Lee Brice and Randy Houser – Janson wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs on “Buy Me a Boat.”
The title song, he said, helped take him to new heights over the past year and a half.
“It changed the game for us. That song started out as an independent release and it’s succeeded to platinum status and a No. 1. It’s just unbelievable how big a song can be and goes to show how big one can get. It’s pushed over into this year in a big way, too,” he said. “It’s just a fun, happy song. I wrote it from real life and a perspective of how I look at things. It’s very blue collar, how I grew up and how I’ll always be.”
It’s a thread that seems to run throughout many of Janson’s songs, including subsequent singles “Power of Positive Drinkin’” and “Holdin’ Her.”
“A lot of my songs are very honest, real songs. Some of them are made up, but I always tell people one way or another,” he said. “I hope people leave with a good understanding that I’m a Christian man and also a guy who likes to have a great time up there on stage, and I hope fans take home a feeling that I’m a guy they can grab a Mountain Dew or a beer with and hang out on the back porch.
“I like to be who I am and I hope people enjoy that,” he added.
Janson, 30, said he’ll share the stage with a trio of fellow musicians he looks forward to performing with each night.
“I have a three piece band – real simple. I like to keep my crew small and the music big,” he joked. “I’m proud of these guys. They bring a good attitude and they’re great musicians and I look forward to playing with them every night.”
And while Janson’s in town there’s a good chance you might run into him — he’s been known to sneak off the bus and grab a bite to eat or look for a good place to fish.
“I grew up in a small town and I love getting that personal interaction with people,” he said. “I like to get out and explore the town and may even fish a little.”
The Sunday night show is slated to get underway at 7 pm. Ticket information can be found on the Miami County Fair website at miamicountyohiofair.com.
For more information about Chris Janson or to check out his tour schedule, visit chrisjanson.com.
Jim Davis can be reached at [email protected]