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Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart to blend musical talents at Columbia June 6

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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Kathy Mattea   Marty Stuart

Left, Kathy Mattea; right, Marty Stuart

     HAMMONDGrammy Award winners Kathy Mattea and Marty Stuart will join their musical talents in an evening of country and bluegrass entertainment on June 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

     Singer/songwriter Mattea, described as “a true American original,” is returning to the university’s downtown Hammond theater by popular demand with such hits as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses” and “Where’ve You Been.” Mattea and Stuart (“Burn Me Down,” “Tempted”) will pull from their respective southern backgrounds -- Mattea from West Virginia and Stuart from Mississippi – to create a unique harmony of country and bluegrass sound.

     “It would be an honor for Columbia to present either Kathy Mattea or Marty Stuart individually,” said Donna Gay Anderson, director of Columbia Theatre. “For us to have both of them on our stage on the same night is exceptional. This is history in the making, and our audience is in for quite a treat.”

     The two artists have collaborated off stage as well. Stuart, who is gaining a reputation as a producer as well as a performing artist, produced Mattea’s latest album “Coal,” which pays tribute to West Virginia and its people.

     Tickets for Mattea’s and Stuart’s Columbia performance, $47 Orchestra 1 and Loge; $41 Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $37 Balcony 2, can be purchased online at or through the theater box office, located in the theater lobby, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371.

     Box office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance times. For information about upcoming Columbia Theatre events, visit or call (985) 543-4366.

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