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Threadgill Series continues with concerts from Marty Stuart and Michael Martin Murphy

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    GREENVILLE – The  Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series continues its eleventh season Friday, Oct. 11 with a visit from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Amber Digby returns to the GMA after opening for Ronnie Milsap at the GMA last year.

    The 2014 season concludes with Michael Martin Murphey’s “Cowboy Christmas” concert on Tuesday evening, Dec. 2.
    The Series, which is named for Greenville native and Austin legend Kenneth Threadgill, is presented in Downtown Greenville at the historic Municipal Auditorium, which was built in 1939 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
     For over forty years Marty Stuart, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian, has been building a rich artistic legacy On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in twenty-three tracks.
    “I’ve always thought that country music had a really unique relationship with gospel music,” Stuart says. “It is interesting to me that country stars can sing drinking and cheating songs authentically, then at some point during the evening or the broadcast, take their hats off and say, ‘Friends, here’s our gospel song.’ If it’s the right messenger it seamlessly flows. That’s a time-honored tradition, from Jimmie Rodgers to Hank Williams to Johnny Cash. Rogue prophets and rogue preachers. That is my world.”
    Born in the small town of Philadelphia, Miss., Marty Stuart caught the music bug early, displaying prodigious talent on every stringed instrument he picked up. At an age when most kids are running bases in little league, 13-year old Stuart was logging cross-country interstate miles as a mandolinist with the legendary Lester Flatt’s road band. In his twenties, Stuart toured with Johnny Cash, and also played with other legends such as Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. By the late 1980s, Stuart was a solo artist, rising faster than mercury in the heat of a hillbilly fever.
    The Threadgill Series is supported by a team of volunteers and sponsors. Sponsorships for the 2014 season are still available.
    Any business or individual interested in becoming a Series sponsor may contact Larry Green, Jr. at 903-455-1876.
    “Our sponsors and volunteers are the lifeblood of the Threadgill Series”, Green says. “Without them the Series would not exist. We love to add new sponsors and volunteers.”
    Proceeds from the Threadgill Series benefit Friends of Main Street, a non-profit organization supporting Downtown Greenville. One recent project commissioned by Friends of Main Street is the history of the Greenville Municipal Building, which was researched and written by local historian Carol Taylor. The effort to finance and build the Municipal Building and Auditorium took a number of years and was the result of a concerted community effort.
    Violin students from local elementary schools will again perform at each concert in 2014.   The Greenville Suzuki Strings Association sells bottled water at the concerts, with all proceeds being used to purchase new violins for the students.    
    Tickets for the Stuart show are on sale now at the Auditorium box office.  
    Tickets may also be purchased online through the Auditorium’s website, www.ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com, or by calling 877-435-9849 or 903-457-2994.  
    Tickets for Michael Martin Murphey’s “Cowboy Christmas” will go on sale later this month.
    More information on the Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series can be found at www.ShowtimeAtTheGMA.com http://www.greenville and http://www.greenville-texas.com.




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