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CANTON, OH (May 9, 2012) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and WQXK/K105 are pleased to announce that Jason Michael Carroll, country’s Gen-Y family man, will join the musical line-up during this year’s Ribs Burnoff. Carroll is scheduled to perform on the Emergency Medicine Physicians Stage at the Stark County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Aug. 2, approximately 8:30 p.m. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff will run Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Aug. 1, 2 and 3, beginning at 11 a.m. and concluding at 10:30 p.m. each day. In addition to fantastic ribs, a wide variety of other food will be showcased, including homemade ice cream, gyros, hummus, turkey legs, buffalo wings, funnel cakes, apple dumplings, bloomin’ onions, Italian sausage and other delicious midway fare! Admission to the Ribs Burnoff is free. Onsite parking at the fairgrounds will be free each day until 4 p.m., after which time a fee of $5 per vehicle will be charged. For more information, contact Laura Perry, event manager, at (330) 458-2054, or visit www.profootballhofef.com.
About Jason Michael Carroll Jason Michael Carroll boasts accomplishments that are impressive enough for any new artist – a chart-topping debut album nearing a half-million in sales, three hit singles from that album (all of which he wrote or co-wrote), a Gold ringtone certification, and opening spots on some of country’s hottest tours. The key to Carroll’s success is evident in every note he sings – live or in the studio – and it lies in his authenticity. Whether it’s the empathy brought to bear on the tragedy of “Alyssa Lies,” the pure passion of “Livin’ Our Love Song” or the youthful exuberance of “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” Carroll knows how to connect with fans, and together with hard work, undeniable talent and good looks, that connection has launched one of country’s most impressive young careers. And it is a career whose music aptly depicts Carroll as country’s Gen-Y family man, reflecting his generation’s transition from party to parenthood, and able to fully express the joys inherent in both worlds and the tensions that can come in moving from unencumbered freedom to the responsibilities of home and hearth. As a husband and father of four, Carroll sings eloquently about both sides of the equation in songs that recognize the firm foundation that country roots and a sense of community provide in a fast-moving world. With the April 2009 release of his sophomore album, Growing Up Is Getting Old (Arista Nashville), he fulfills the promise of his first record and takes his career a big step forward. The first single, “Where I’m From,” could have come from the pages of his life, and yet paradoxically enough, given his strengths as a songwriter, it is one he didn’t write. “People ask me, ‘Do you only record songs you wrote?’ My answer is always, ‘No, if I believe in a song I didn’t write more than a song I did, I’d record it first,’” Carroll says. “And here I kind of had the chance to put my money where my mouth is.” The tale of two men from seemingly opposite worlds who meet by chance explores the similarities that lie beneath most of our differences. “No matter where life carries you, and it carries us in all different directions, if you boil it down to the nuts and bolts of it, most of us are really the same,” Carroll says. The song is filled with points that hit home, from the seat he occupied in his father’s church and the fact that his son bears part of his grandfather’s name, to the effect cancer has had on those close to him. Its authenticity is ideal to an album that finds Carroll digging deeper creatively and solidifying his place in country music. To accommodate even more fans at the concert, chairs or seating of any kind will not be permitted anywhere on the track area; grandstand seating will be available. Ticket information and sale dates to be announced soon. In addition to the national musical acts in the evenings on the main stage, attendees can enjoy activities all day, including free musical entertainment on the daytime stage. Other family activities include an expansive children’s entertainment area with face painting, caricaturists, balloon twisters, Fantasy Football Zone of interactive inflatables, a master sand sculptor, Lowe’s Build & Grow, and much more. ###