Nashville Duo Perform Saturday at Rooster's Wife
The Rooster's Wife continues the third season of the Home Fires Burning concert series with Nashville duo, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. in downtown Aberdeen.
Few husband-and-wife musical duos provide audiences with the complete entertainment package that Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart dish out in a live performance. Armed with clever acoustic guitar interplay, autobiographical songwriting, lovely harmonies, and humorous storytelling, this couple captivates your attention from the first moment they are onstage.
In addition to the concert, Mark Stuart offers a guitar clinic on Saturday afternoon, open to all levels. Those interested in the clinic can call (910) 944-7502 to register.
Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart met for the first time in 1992 at a songwriters' night in Nashville, Tenn. They were married in 1993 and raised two children from Earle's first marriage,
"When we got married, I knew Mark understood he was marrying all three of us, and on that day he did," says Earle.
She waited tables, and he played night after night in and around Nashville, and did session work, while finding time to play their own music. The two each had their own solo careers that started to make a move when they founded their own independent record label Gearle Records in 1998.
The label released Earle's "Simple Gearle" CD followed by Mark's 1999 release, "Songs From A Corner Stage" and Earle's 2000 "Dancing With Them That Brung Me," before the couple would announce their duo act in 2001 with the release of their CD "Must Be Live."
"It was quite a balancing act at that time raising a family and trying to make a living along with all the other stuff that came with getting by, but we managed," says Earle.
Mark Stuart went to the finest of music schools -- learning by doing.
He started his schooling listening and admiring his uncle's guitar playing and his father's fiddling. Learning and listening to the greats, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, John Fogerty, The Beatles and many more players and singers of all genres, he found himself playing in the School of Honky Tonks and Beer Joints in and around Nashville by age 15 in his dad's band.
By the age of 17, he had formed his own band, released his first album as well as playing on the road as lead guitar and singing vocals for acts like Freddy Fender.
They've gone on to release their duo albums, "Never Gonna Let You Go," "S&M Communion Bread," "Mark Stuart Left Of Nashville," and their latest release, "Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart Town Square."
The Rooster's Wife is a private nonprofit association organized to celebrate the performing arts in Aberdeen.
The concert starts at 8 p.m., at the corner of High and Blue in downtown Aberdeen. Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, can be purchased at the door with cash or check, and online with credit or debit card. Reservations are preferred.
For information, visit www.theroosterswife.org, or call (910) 944-7502.
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