Salgado to bring different kind of country to fair

By Helena Rodriguez

Curry County Fair’s biggest entertainment act this year has sold more than 2 million records, signed a multi-million-dollar contract with Sony Records, and garnered top music awards.
Because Michael Salgado is a Tejano music star, however, he’s a recognizable name mostly amongst Spanish music listeners. But even so, fair organizers are still expecting the Tejano music king, known as “the golden, left-handed accordionist” to draw a big crowd tonight.
“Thursday has been our biggest night of the fair, with good Midway specials, but with Mr. Salgado here, we are expecting a very large crowd,” said Cheri Christensen, marketing and entertainment coordinator for the Curry County Fair Board.
“People who enjoy Tejano music are well aware he will be here,” she said.
Christensen said fair organizers contacted area Spanish music stations in search of Spanish entertainers and said Salgado’s name came out at the top of the list. Not only was he highly popular but his fee fit within their budget.
Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and raised in West Texas, Salgado has garnered top Latin music awards. Among honors he has received are:
• Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Best Regional Mexican Album in 1998.
• Tejano Music Awards’ Song of the Year “Ya No Voy Aguantar” in 2001.
• Tejano Music Awards’ male vocalist and male entertainer and traditional album of the year honors in 1997.
Other musical acts will include Scott Whitaker and Becca Dalrymple on Saturday.
“Scott Whitaker and Becca are upcoming stars from the Dallas area. Both of them play very good, down home, country music,” said Peggy Burns of the Curry County Fair Committee.
Burns noted that Becca’s agent is Lyle Walker, originally from Clovis, who helped launch the careers of artists such as LeAnn Rimes.
Becca, a native of Stephenville, Texas, sings in a roots/rock Americana style. She won female vocalist of the year honors five consecutive years at the Cross Timbers Country Opry, was a finalist for female vocalist of the year at the Johnny High Country Music Revue and has performed in packed arenas at regional rodeos. The release of her first CD, “I Can Do Anything,” landed her gigs with Charlie Robison, Gary P. Nunn and other top Texas artists.
Whitaker is a promising musician who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and opened for country music superstars, Merle Haggard, Brady Paisley and Tracy Byrd.
Other live entertainment attractions at the fair will include Rusty the Robot, an alligator wrestler and a hypnotist. Local entertainment will include square dancers, Mexican dancers and a gospel music showcase.