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Jack Latta
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PRESTONSBURG – Country music fans are in for a real treat when Big Appal Music recording artist, Tyler Stephens along with the Back Roads Band take the stage at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Special guest artist Josh Addair of Matewan, W.Va., will open the show.


Both of these young new artists offer unique performances that are enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Stephens stays loyal to his country and his Appalachian roots with his smooth, straight-from-the-heart traditional country vocals, while Addair brings an edgy, alternative sound to the stage. The two young singers complement one another. With talent like this, it’s only a matter of time before Nashville label executives start paying attention to what’s happening in Eastern Kentucky.


Stephens, who has already shown success in his musical career, began at the early age of 4 and now at only 19 years old, he never plans to look back. With countless performances and the release of his first album behind him, he couldn’t see himself doing anything other than performing.


“We released our first album “Freedom Don’t Come Free” in February last year and since then things have moved so quick,” Stephens said. “Instantly we were playing every weekend and hearing people in the audience singing and requesting our songs. That makes it all worthwhile. We see our musical careers as a blessing because without the support of our family, friends, and fans, none of this would be possible. We are truly blessed to be surrounded with a group of people like these.”


Stephens’s hit song, “Freedom Don’t Come Free” written by Scott and Courtney Patrick, has had extraordinary success in 2011, being released to over 1,700 radio stations nationally. However, “Freedom Don’t Come Free” was not the only song from the album grabbing the attention of listeners. “Rollin’ 18 Wheels” became an Eastern Kentucky favorite because of its relation to the region’s coal tradition. Stephens hopes it doesn’t stop there. He is currently working on his new single “Get Your Country On,” to be released this spring just in time to rock in the summer months.


Tickets for the show are $15 per person, plus ticketing fee. Tickets are available online at www.macarts.com, by calling 1-888-MACARTS (1-888-622-2787), or by calling the Box Office at 606-886-2623.


For further information about Stephens or Addair, visit www.tylerstephensmusic.com or www.joshaddair.com.


The show is being sponsored in part by Perry Distributors (Budweiser).

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