Billy Ray Cyrus will take the stage at the Upper Peninsula State Fair on Saturday, August 17th. This comes just a day after Billy Ray teamed up with rapper/performer Lil Nas X and Cyrus dropped which you can hear Billy Ray’s part above.
Billy Ray Cyrus comes from his roots in Flatwoods, Kentucky where he started to adapt to play with his left hand. Cyrus put music aside as he attended Georgetown College on an athletic scholarship for baseball. But… once he picked up a guitar again, he didn’t look back. He and his brother formed a country-rock band, Sly Dog, which performed for two years before coming to an end due to a fire that claimed their home club and gear.
After trying his luck in California, Cyrus returned to Kentucky and focused on his Nashville performances that refined his trademark blend of country and rock. In 1990, Cyrus landed the opportunity to open for Reba McEntire. Having witnessed Cyrus during his large-scale performance, Mercury Records quickly signed him to a record deal.
In the same year that his daughter, Miley, was born he released his first single “Achy Breaky Heart.” The chart topper, multi-million selling country single not only launched Cyrus’s career, but also launched the 90’s line dancing craze.
Considering the success of his debut album which sold nine million copies, it proved to be difficult for Cyrus to top. Backlash began and Cyrus was criticized for straying from traditional country by adding in his rock-oriented sounds. However, this didn’t stop him from producing platinum albums. Cyrus parted ways with Mercury Records, but his identity of changing the shape of country music allowed him continued success.
While Cyrus continued to produce albums, he also explored other genres, played in Brother Clyde, published an autobiography, and dove into the world of acting. Having celebrated the 25th anniversary of the “Achy Breaky Heart” release, Cyrus decided to celebrate the milestone by having his first tour in years.
Grandstand Entertainment at the U.P. State Fair is free with paid admission. A limited number of Gold Circle tickets for up close seating are available by contacting the presenting sponsor, Island Resort and Casino at 877-475-7469 or online at islandresortandcasino.com.