Security guards keep an eye on the crowd as Fair To Midland band members (left to right) Cliff Campbell, Darroh (Andrew) Sudderth, Brett Stowers and Jon Dicken perform Sunday at 102.1 KDGE Edgefest 17, held Sunday afternoon at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. FTM, which formed 10 years ago in Sulphur Springs, was one of 19 bands that played for an estimated 20,000 people at the event, including Three Doors Down, My Chemical Romance and Blue October.
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Fair To Midland Rocks Edgefest

From Staff Reports

April 29, 2008 - The best little metal band to ever come out of Sulphur Springs returned to Texas this weekend to perform in the 102.1 KDGE Edgefest in Frisco before heading back to another tour through Europe.

The band -- founded by members Darroh (known to his friends as Andrew) Sudderth (vocals) and Cliff Campbell (guitars) in Sulphur Springs around 1998 -- returned to its old stomping grounds in the Metroplex following two weeks of touring in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In addition to Sudderth and Campbell, the lineup now also includes drummer Brett Stowers, Jon Dicken on bass and Matt Langley on keyboards.

FTM, as its rabidly devoted fans like to call them, released their first album on Serjical Strike Records in 2007. "Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True," recorded decent sales figures, with more than 50,000 copies sold, and even better critical attention, including the website, which carried a review stating "Fables" "is easily a frontrunner for album of the year."

Two singles, "Dance of the Manatee," and "Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes," rose to number 19 and 38, respectively, on BillBoard magazine's Mainstream Rock chart.

They also continued their run of success in the Metroples in the 2007 Dallas Observer Music Awards, when FTM were the winners in the "Best Metal" category.

The group's touring schedule continues today with a stop in Victoria at Riverside Mutliplex, then on Wednesday at the Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, La.

On June 5, FTM, which has quite a following across the Atlantic, heads for Eastern Europe and the Czech Republic, appearing in Ostrava with Serj Tankian, the System Of A Down frontman who signed FTM to his Serjical Strick Records label in 2006. The band follows that show up with three dates June 6-9 in Germany.

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