Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives

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If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. And on a deeper emotional and spiritual level, it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning!

No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For more than forty years, the five-time Grammy®-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. 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.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Nov. 20, and are available online beginning at 10 a.m., and by phone and in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales office beginning at 12 p.m.

Win Cyndi Lauper tickets from Watermark!

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Watermark is giving away one pair of tickets to Cyndi Lauper’s June 8 concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Her latest album, Detour, is a collection of country music. Check out the official promo video and find out how to win tickets after the jump: 

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Country Approved: Lesbian singer-songwriter Brandy Clark is on the verge of becoming country music’s next superstar

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Country music, along with rap and hip-hop, are genres that have long held an image of exclusiveness when it came to women and gay artists. The music’s male-dominated landscape leads some to label it misogynist and homophobic, but that seems to be changing, at least within country music.

In the last few years, several country artists have stepped out of the closet and onto the Grand Ole stage. One of those is the up-and-coming country talent Brandy Clark.

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Reba on attending her first gay wedding, the ‘practicality’ of LGBT rights and being a proud redhead

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Even by phone, Reba McEntire makes you feel right at home. “Thanks for the visit; I’ve enjoyed visitin’ with you!” the singer drawls, wrapping up our conversation as if a reporter had just stopped by for buttered grits and a cup of hot coffee.

A music, television, film and theater superstar with a trove of prestigious awards, Reba is enormously famous. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to her; she comes across more like a friend.

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Steve Grand’s YouTube hit puts same-sex couples in country music

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In these days of instant internet celebrity, overnight sensations are a dime a dozen. But Chicago-based gay singer/songwriter Steve Grand seems to be an exception with his song “All-American Boy” and its accompanying video.

Sure, he’s breathtaking to look at and that doesn’t hurt. He’s even put in time as a model. More than just a pretty face and amazing body, Grand is a musician with a message. Striking a chord across boundaries, Grand’s song and video of unrequited love, set to an unlikely country music beat, has found a devoted audience and earned nearly two million views on YouTube.

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