Live At The Dixie: Country Music Artists Marty Stuart And Julie Anderson

This appeared in the Jackson Sun - January 24, 2013

The Dixie Live Concert Series returns this month with a dual country performance by legend Marty Stuart and Julie Roberts, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Every chance I get I go see him,” said Martha Wilks, a 57-year fan of country music who has traveled as far as Pigeon Forge to see Stuart. “I love his singing, and he's not bad to look at, either.”

Wilks will attend the show Saturday and said she is particularly excited about the venue. “If you haven’t been to The Dixie, you’ve missed out,” she said. “When I go it just gives me a happy feeling.”

Lori Nolen, executive director of The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center, praised the acoustics of the building and emphasized the smaller size of the venue as an ideal spot to catch a show.

“Our shows are so intimate that you feel like you’re just in the living room with them,” she said. “It’s just such a friendly, inviting atmosphere that you always have a good experience.”

Nolen said artists often stay late for autographs and meet-and-greets with the crowd.

Stuart has been awarded four Grammy’s and platinum recording status throughout his nearly 40-year musical career, during which he performed with the likes of Johnny Cash and Lester Flatt.

In 2012, staying true to his roots, Stuart released a new album with an old, classic-country sound, titled Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down.

Nolen called Stuart a “fixture” in the country music scene. You’re going to get a legend of country music.”

Wilks recommended Stuart as an artist who puts on a good, clean show as well as a good time.

By Margaret Brinson

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