Jason Petty’s Tribute to Marty Robbins Is First-Rate Production
If you close your eyes during a performance of Jason Petty’s “El Paso,” you might think you’re at a Marty Robbins concert.
Petty, who was wonderful in a tribute called “Hank and His Honky Tonk Heroes,” which came to Temple Theatre a couple of years back, doesn’t disappoint in this tribute to Marty Robbins and some of his heroes, which included Roy Rogers and Gene Autry as well as Eddie Arnold and Hank Williams Sr.
Petty, who began portraying Hank Williams Sr. in 1996 at the world famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., has performed in theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe. He has won rave reviews from all of the major critics including The New York Times, Variety and Rolling Stone for his portrayal of Hank Williams.
The band is something to behold. Carolyn Martin, on vocals and guitar, has a career in her own right. Rory Huffman plays everything from the piano to the accordion and is also a songwriter. With Charlie Vaughan on guitar and fiddle, Martin Parker on drums, Dave Martin (Carolyn’s husband) on bass, and Eric Lewis, who plays guitar, steel guitar, dobro and mandolin, the audience is guaranteed of a good time.
Almost everyone is familiar with at least some Marty Robbins tunes because he had No. 1 hits on both the country and pop charts.
“El Paso” and “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation” are two of the best known, but audience members will recognize others once they hear the tunes.
In between songs, Petty tells the story of Marty Robbins (which he admits is not quite as colorful as Hank Williams Sr.’s) and his music.
“El Paso” continues through March 28 at Temple Theatre in Sanford.
For tickets and a schedule of performances, visit www.templeshows.com or call the box office at (919) 774-4155.
Contact Faye Dasen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 693-2475.
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