PENSACOLA, Fla., July 11, 2019 ― WSRE will present country music torchbearer Marty Stuart, as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic album The Pilgrim, at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15 at pensacolasaenger.com or the Saenger Theatre box office.
Stuart is a five-time Grammy winner, a recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance, and the 2019 Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum artist-in-residence.
He began his musical career at 12 when he joined the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers and first played the Grand Ole Opry at 13. He has played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; has been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and has safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts.
His collection spanning more than 20,000 pieces of country music memorabilia will soon serve to share the storied history of the genre at the Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music, which is slated to open soon in Philadelphia, Miss. with live musical performances and educational programming.
Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future.
His band, the Fabulous Superlatives, is made up of guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and bassist Chris Scruggs.
“The Superlatives are missionaries, they’re fighting partners. They’re my Buckaroos, my Tennessee Three, my Strangers. They’re my legacy band and have been since Day One,” says Stuart. “Lester Flatt saw something in me and gave me his wisdom, wit and music. Johnny Cash was my best friend. But all of that doesn’t come for free. The job is to pass it along. That’s the way it’s supposed to be in country music.”
For his Pensacola audience, Stuart will share his remarkable life through story and song.
Seats are $32, $65 and $134. Additional fees may apply.
The Big Chief Special VIP package for $249 includes a premium seat; pre-show event with two-song performance and a storytelling session; a commemorative limited edition poster and VIP laminate and lanyard; an individual photo opportunity and autograph session with Marty Stuart and his band; and crowd-free merchandise shopping.
The Hummingbird Bonanza VIP package for $179 includes a premium seat, the pre-show event and the poster and VIP laminate and lanyard.
WSRE is presenting Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives in conjunction with the fall release of Ken Burns’ “Country Music” film series on PBS.
“Like the Ken Burns ‘Country Music’ documentary, this concert is one of several community engagement events we have planned to explore the remarkable stories of the people and places behind a true American art form,” said Mary Riker, WSRE’s director of marketing and communications.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the WSRE-TV Foundation in support of WSRE’s mission to positively impact communities through education, entertainment and engagement. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tracie Hodson at 850-484-1246.