Sideshow Tramps In Concert Before Sounds Of Texas Show

This appeared in The Courier of Montgomery County - April 25, 2008

“Dreamed aboutcha last night baby
Well you were lookin’ for your man
And my heart said I had to tell you
Baby, here I am

And I don’t look much like Prince Charming
With Mississippi on my hands
But if you want someone to hold you
Baby, here I am”

– “Here I Am”/ Marty Stuart

Coming up May 3, 2008 will be the final installment of the Sounds of Texas Music Series featuring the Sideshow Tramps outside the Crighton at the City of Conroe Free Street Concert. If you have not heard them then you are in for a big treat. They are possibly the most popular club band in Houston as their blues, country rock n roll and bluegrass infusion has the dance floors packed.

Opening inside the Crighton Theatre at 8 p.m. will be Brennen Leigh and Jessie Dayton out of Austin. Their new album of duets reminds you of George Jones and Tammy Wynette and is selling extremely well. It’s a real coup to have them here since this is a side project for both of them and they both have their own separate bands that stay busy touring the country.

Finally, at 9:30 p.m. Marty Stuart and his six-piece band of Nashville session players and touring veterans will take the stage.

Marty Stuart is not another hillbilly rock artist even though he did leave his mark on mainstream country radio winning several Grammy awards, numerous CMA awards and selling millions of albums, many of which went gold or platinum.

One of Nashville’s most revered musicians, songwriters, music historians and entertainers, Marty Stuart host one of satellite radio’s most popular music programs on Sirius Radio.

Stuart has been touring since he was 12, starting out as a mandolin player in a gospel group known as the Sullivans. At 16 he left home to tour in Lester Flats Bluegrass Band and later had stints with the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe and country rockabilly legend Johnny Cash. Following his tenure backing up Johnny Cash, Marty decided to go solo. He formed his own band and proceeded to put out six highly successful albums.

His most recent release titled “Country Music” comes out after a number of years sitting in with friends in concert, producing other eclectic artist studio works and performing as a guest musician on other significant artist records.

He recently formed a super group called the Fabulous Superlatives who played on the album and are now touring with him in support of it.

Visiting with Rick Mitchell, author, music historian and former lead music critic for the Houston Chronicle, he mentioned how he was looking forward to the upcoming Marty Stuart Crighton Theatre concert.

He said he has seen this concert once before at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and that it ranks as one of his all-time favorite concerts. From folk, country, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll, he fuses all of these influences into one high energy set. Don’t miss this show as it may just be the best concert the Sounds of Texas Music Series has ever put on since its inception nine years ago.

Have fun and be safe!

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