FAIRLEA — Taylor Made, a band with strong ties to southern West Virginia, will open for Sugarland at a grandstand performance at the State Fair of West Virginia Wednesday evening.

The announcement of the addition of Taylor Made

to the schedule was made Monday.

“We’re very, very excited about playing at the state fair and opening for Sugarland,” said Roger Proudfoot, booking agent for the band.

Taylor Made derives its name from the home of its trio of singers, brothers Brian and Greg Duckworth and their sister, Wendy Williams, who grew up in Taylor County.

“They’re on the verge of greatness,” says Proudfoot. “They have a great following in West Virginia,” he added.

According to Proudfoot, Taylor Made has signed with the Dale Mor-ris Agency in Nashville and will release a new CD, “Heavy Duty Beauty,” this fall.

“We do all the fairs and festivals in West Virginia,” explains Proudfoot. “We’ve opened for John Anderson, Charlie Daniels and Lonestar,” he added. The openings for Daniels and Lonestar were at the Friends of Coal Auto Fair in Beckley in 2006 and 2007.

“It’s pure country. We do our own original songs,” Proudfoot explained.

Last month, the group performed in a local showcase at a Beckley club for Universal South Records President Mark Wright.

Providing the music for Taylor Made are Dan Bailey, lead guitar; Tom Mallory, bass; Rick Lloyd, drummer; Don Drummer, steel guitar; Steve Tho-mas, fiddle; and Dino Pastino, keyboard.

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