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Chris Stapleton to appear at the MAC in March

PRESTONSBURG – Powerful raw vocals combined with a whiskey soaked sound will fill the hall on March 1, 2014 when Eastern Kentucky native Chris Stapleton makes his first ever appearance at the Mountain Arts Center.

Tickets came on sale Monday for the long awaited act, and are not expected to last long. The show will take place at the MAC March 1, 2014 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 with $1 processing fee.

A native of the small town of Staffordsville, and son of a coal miner, Christ made the move to Nashville in 2001 to learn the craft of songwriting and pursue a career in music.  A decade later, he has scored four #1 country hits with songs penned for George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner, and has racked up over 170 album cuts for artists including Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson.

In July of last year, Chris debuted his first solo single, “What are you listening too?”  Before then, he says his work was often hidden in the works of others.

“My life has been one tucked neatly in the liner notes of other people’s albums as a writer, musician or band member…until now,” says Stapleton of his new album.

The lead single off his album was produced by Tony Brown and is already climbing up the Billboard chart just a few short weeks after its radio release in July.

A native of Eastern Kentucky, this will be Stapleton’s first time appearing at the Mountain Arts Center.

“This is such a great show offering for our region,” says Keith Caudill, executive Director of the MAC. “This facility (the MAC) was built to host these type of performances that showcase the talent born in Eastern Kentucky.”

With a wide variety of personal influences ranging from traditional country and bluegrass to rock and roll and blues, Stapleton has had a diverse singing career since his arrival in Nashville that includes stints as lead vocalist for GRAMMY nominated bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and lead vocalist in the howling rock and roll band The Jompson Brothers.

Tickets for Chris Stapleton’s show go on Sale Monday January 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window at the MAC, or by calling (606) 886-2623 or toll free at 1-888-MAC-ARTS. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.macarts.com

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On January 17, 2014