It all started with a song that Dan Gallagher and I wrote, called "Flower On Your Grave." It is a song about coming to terms with the death of a loved one, which in this case is my grandmother. The song took on a country tone reminiscent of the music I had grown up on. I felt that writing in the genre of alternative country allowed me to be much more honest and open than I had been with other projects. So I kept writing about personal issues that I was dealing with and began to demo the songs as I finished them. I wanted to share them, and a friend suggested I post them online. So I posted the demos under the assumed name that I took straight from the source of my inspiration. Pairing my grandmother's nickname and middle name, the concept of Booker Lee was born. Due to the deep inspiration, musical maturity I achieved and the desire to explore my musical roots, the project took on a life of it's own. During this time I was recording an album with the band Colab whose members included Dan Gallagher, Joe Mason, Aaron Baker and myself. I was approached about doing a show at a local venue as Booker Lee, but Booker Lee did not yet have a band. I asked the guys from Colab if they wanted to put some songs together and play the show. Dan and Joe were available, but Aaron had other obligations, so I enlisted my brother Dan Fidler to fill in on bass guitar. The band clicked right away and The County Fair was born. The show was a great success and everything just felt right. After a few more shows we realized it was time to start work on our first album. We continued to play shows for all different age groups and crowd sizes, always with the same warm reception as the first show we played together. We produced and recorded the thirteen track debut album entitled Journal over the next six months and finished in February of 2007. The album is slated for release in April of 2007. We are very excited about the album and can't wait to share it with all of the people that have helped and supported us along our journey thus far. We look forward to making many more new friends and fans on the road ahead. -Booker Lee.
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