Marcus' own Tom Wurth, who went to Nashville in 1994 and is now an up-and-coming country music artist, was the headliner at this year's Cherokee County Fair.
Wurth performed Friday evening on the main stage, and he noted that this was also the location of his very first performance, when he sang LeRoy VanDyke's "The Auctioneer" as an 8-year-old in the Bill Riley Talent Show at the Cherokee County Fair.
Following a brief opening set by the Jerry Adams Band, Wurth took the stage, supported by a small group including guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. His opening numbers were up-tempo - "Leaving Lonely Behind," "If the Road Runs Out," and "Can't Kick My Country." Wurth did several numbers with just he and his guitar, including the first song he wrote in Nashville, "Country Side of Me," Dave Mason's "We Just Disagree," and his favorite, Hank Williams' (Sr.) "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
Wurth also sang "The Auctioneer," his song from the long-ago County Fair appearance, and combined it with Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere," summarizing the towns his bus had gone through on the trip from Nashville to Cherokee. His first single, "Bread On the Table," drew an enthusiastic response from the good-sized crowd.
Wurth announced that he had just signed with a new label, Big Seven, and also performed his new single, "Good Ground," to which the crowd of Northwest Iowans easily related.
Wurth closed his show with Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues," then did a Gospel-tinged medley of "Amen/ Oh Happy Day/Will the Circle Be Unbroken/Go Tell It On the Mountain/ It's Alright" for his well-received encore.