Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will perform at 8 o’clock tonight at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe.
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 the 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 over 40 years, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads.
“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,” says Stuart.
Stuart will be bringing that special blend to town tonight, joined by fellow musical missionaries Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson and Paul Martin.
“From the Superlatives’ first rehearsal, I knew this was the band of a lifetime,” Stuart says. “I knew this was my Buckaroos, my Strangers, my Texas Troubadours — my legacy band. Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson and Paul Martin are not only musical geniuses, but statesmen. The Fabulous Superlatives are without question one of the greatest bands of our time.”
Foghat and Blackfoot take the stage Saturday night. Doors open at 7 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m.
Foghat’s live performances show why the band is still around today and why band members will be able to keep on rockin’ as long as they want. This band truly is timeless.
Constant touring is part of their DNA and the band just loves to play.
Their live show is as intense as ever with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would expect and hope for from a seasoned band with such a long musical history.
The band released a new album this year called “Under the Influence.”
Joining Foghat is Blackfoot.
If there’s one thing Rickey Medlocke can’t do, it’s sit still. The Blackfoot co-founder and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist is constantly looking for ways to challenge his creative impulses, and his latest pet project has been to shepherd the next-generation incarnation of his beloved Blackfoot.
Under Medlocke’s steady guidance, the Florida-based foursome — lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Rossi, guitarist/vocalist Rick Krasowski, bassist Brian Carpenter and drummer Matt Anastasi — has been jamming together live under the Blackfoot banner for quite some time.
There’s more coming up at the Peak.
• Dec. 8, An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, 8 p.m.
• Dec. 9, Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, 8 p.m.
• Dec. 10, DeadPhish Orchestra, 8 p.m.
• Dec. 17, Chris Janson, 8 p.m.
• Dec. 30, Get the Led Out, 8 p.m.
• Dec. 31, Get the Led Out, New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m.
• Jan. 22, An Evening with Umphrey’s McGee, 8 p.m.
• Jan. 26, Greensky Bluegrass, 8 p.m.
• Jan. 27, Satisfaction — The International Rolling Stones Show, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 2, moe, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 3, Voyage #1, Journey Tribute Band Featuring Hugo, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 4, Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 25, Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m.
• Feb. 28, ZZ Top, 8 p.m.
• March 11, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, 8 p.m.
• March 18, The Zombies — Odessy and Oracle 50th Anniversary
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant. For more information visit www.pennspeak.com or call 866-605-7325.