Country Music Newlyweds To Open, Close Fair Concerts

This appeared on LubbockOnline - July 18, 1997

In case you missed earlier reports, it was confirmed that country musicians Marty Stuart and Connie Smith were married on July 8 in Pine Ridge, SD.

That means that the Panhandle-South Plains Fair stumbled into booking what many are calling the Grand Ole Opry's ''new first couple'' - but the two will not be performing together. In fact, Smith will headline the 1997 fair's opening night performance, and Stuart will close the fair eight nights later.

Grand Ole Opry members Connie Smith and Stonewall Jackson will perform at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Fair Park Coliseum on the Panhandle-South Plains Fairgrounds. Featured guests Bobby Bare and Stella Parton will open each show.

Reserved-seat tickets are priced at $10.

Country recording artist Marty Stuart will headline concerts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Fair Park Coliseum on the Panhandle-South Plains Fairgrounds. Reserved-seat tickets are priced at $10.

Smith, 55, has been married three previous times and has a very long string of hits to her credit, beginning with ''Once a Day'' in 1964.

Stuart, 38, is divorced from Cindy Cash, the daughter of country legend Johnny Cash. He is known for flashy stage shows and is also remembered for his duet hits with Travis Tritt, including ''The Whiskey Ain't Workin' '' and ''Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best.''

By William Kerns

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