For further information, contact:

Karen J. LaFlamme, (253) 841-5024;

or cell (253) 691-2005

Puyallup, WA - June 13, 2003 - Combine Number One hit "Who I Am,"

Top 10 single "Almost Home," and Top 25-and climbing-hit "What Was I

Thinkin'," and you've got a sizzling night of hot country at the Puyallup Fair. The "New Faces of Country" concert, featuring Jessica Andrews, Craig Morgan, & Dierks Bentley will be held on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm.

The "New Faces of Country" concert is part of the Puyallup

Fair's 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Tickets go on sale at all

Ticketmaster outlets on Saturday, June 21 at noon. Ticket prices are $10 for reserved seats, and limited free seating is available on a first-come, first seated basis. All concert attendees must also purchase a Fair gate admission ticket.

Jessica Andrews: At the young age of 19, Jessica Andrews has come a long way in a short time. Since launching her career with 1999's Heart Shaped World (featuring such hits as "Unbreakable Heart" and "You Go First") and achieving a major chart breakthrough with 2001's Who I Am, the big-voiced Tennessee native has emerged as one of country music's brightest stars. In that space of time, she also won the Academy Of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist award, scored her first #1 single with "Who I Am," and shared stages with the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Trisha Yearwood. Her recently released CD, Now, has received rave reviews and includes her latest hit, "There's More To Me Than You."

Craig Morgan: Very few people have pushed life to the limits like Craig Morgan. An EMT at age 18, a paratrooper at 20, and a member of the nation's most elite armed forces a few years later, he is someone who has always packed a great deal of life into every moment. And with the same verve, he values every moment life has to offer. A native of Tennessee, Craig's musician/father had trouble interesting him in music when he was young. During Craig's military career he discovered the true musician inside himself, as can be seen in his

new CD release, I Love It. The project's lead off single, "Almost Home," is the first Top 10 hit of Morgan's career and continues its climb the charts. Morgan is also the voice behind familiar songs such as "Something To Write Home About" and "God, Family & Country," the latter of which took on an especially poignant meaning following 9/11. His highly anticipated forthcoming single, "Every Friday Afternoon," will be released this summer.

Dierks Bentley: Having recently released his first single, "What Was I Thinkin'" (quickly making its way into the Top 20 on the charts), the accompanying video hitting CMT: Country Music Television and GAC: Great American Country airwaves, and his television debut on CMT's "Grand Ole Opry Live" in May, Dierks Bentley is a hot name in country music right now. This Phoenix native moved to Nashville at the young age of 19 to pursue his country music dream, and he's found the city to be the perfect spot to learn more about the business and to work with other country musicians, including Vince Gill. Bentley wrote or co-wrote many of the songs included on his debut album,

which is scheduled for release August 19.

Tickets will be going on sale for the remainder of the Puyallup Fair 2003 Columbia Bank Concert Series line-up in the next few months. Visit the Fair website, for updates. Other concerts

currently selling tickets include:


Date Entertainer Time Seating

Sept. 5 (Fri) PRCA Rodeo 1:00 p.m. $15.50

Chris LeDoux & PRCA Rodeo 6:00 p.m. $24.50

Sept. 6 (Sat) PRCA Rodeo 1 & 6 p.m. $15.50

Sept. 7 (Sun) PRCA Rodeo 2:00 p.m. $15.50

Sept. 9 (Tues) "Weird Al" Yankovic 7:00 p.m. *$10/Free

Sept. 10 (Wed) Chicago 7:00 p.m. $37.50/$32.50

Sept. 11 (Thur) Jars of Clay plus Special Guest 7:00 p.m.*$10/Free

Sept. 12 (Fri) Busta Rhymes 7:00 p.m. $31.50/$26.50

Sept. 14 (Sun) Neil Sedaka 4:00 p.m. *$10/Free

Sept. 15 (Mon) "New Faces of Country" 7:00 p.m. *$10/Free

Jessica Andrews/Craig Morgan

& Dierks Bentley

Sept. 17 (Wed) Alabama "The American 7:00 p.m. $500 - $45

Farewell Tour"

Sept. 21 (Sun) The Allman Brothers Band 4:00 p.m. $36.50/$31.50

* Shows that are $10/Free DO NOT INCLUDE Fair gate admission. Concerts with free grandstand seating are first come, first-seated, as there are no tickets issued for free seating.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fred Meyer, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and other independent locations. Tickets may also be purchased via phone with American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards by calling Ticketmaster at (253) 627-TIXS in Tacoma, or (206) 628-0888 in Seattle, or via the Internet by logging onto Ticketmaster's website at To save the convenience charge, purchase tickets in person at the Ticketmaster outlet at the Fairgrounds.

The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest

tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 5-21, 2003 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.