WINDSOR —  Fairgoers will have a chance to see rising country group Emerson Drive in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5., at the Windsor County Fair.

With the release of its fourth studio album, “Believe,” Emerson Drive secures its place as a premiere band in contemporary country music. The album, produced by Josh Leo and Teddy Gentry of the legendary country band Alabama, showcases the attributes that have fueled the group’s long, steady rise through the country ranks – lead singer Brad Mates’ vocals; the musicianship of band mates Danick Dupelle (guitar), Dale Wallace (keys), David Pichette (fiddle) and Mike Melancon (drums); the quintet’s ability to choose first-rate songs.

Emerson Drive’s last album, “Countrified,” gave the band its first No. 1 single, “Moments,” which earned nominations for a dozen major awards, including a Grammy – and set the stage for “Believe.”

“This is the album that will define Emerson Drive from this point on,” said Mates. “I think you can hear in each song the fact that we’re at a very comfortable place in our career when it comes to knowing who we are as a band.”

“Everything is running on all cylinders,” said Wallace. “We believe this is our time.”

Admission is $8, the fair gate fee); anyone under 16 admitted free. For more information, log on to

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