Brent James & The Contraband Joins TSF Free Concert Series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 31, 2011) – The Tennessee State Fair is proud to announce Brent James & The Contraband is joining its free concert series.

This up-and-coming, rock-and-roll foursome will take the stage on Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m. to open for the Georgia Satellites. The group’s members Brent James, Jason Kott, Matthew Hayes, and Mike Puwal have a unique blend of alternative sound and classic rock, which has been recognized by many talents such as Ted Nugent.

“He’s a rocking young kid,” Nugent said of James. “Our manager spotted him and since I don’t get around to see other acts much between tours, I took his word for it when he said we should get Brent on the tour. He was right. Brent is a great performer and he really impressed me with the Detroit thing he has going on. You can feel that energy, the drive you saw in Mitch Ryder, the MC5 Grand Funk Railroad and the Romantics.”

For more information on Brent James & The Contraband, please visit To see the complete lineup for the Tennessee State Fair Free Concert Series and other music at this year’s fair, please visit