The Guitar Men


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"Busted down in Baton Rouge. Waiting for a train. I was feeling near as faded as my jeans..."

Janis Joplin sang it into our hearts but it was another gifted artist who wrote the words. Prolific singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson (pictured), who penned and recorded other hit songs like "Loving her Was Easier," "Help Me Make it Through the Night" and "Sunday Morning Comin' Down," comes to the Van Duzer Theatre Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ($66). The "artist's artist" has recorded 27 albums, including three with musical cohorts Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the group, The Highwaymen, and has had his songs covered by Cash, Joplin, Elvis Presley and hundreds of other artists. Don't miss your chance to see this legend live and up close at HSU.

Master fingerstyle guitarist Tommy Emmanuel takes to the stage Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts ($49). The Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer, who has performed with Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and Jake Shimabukuro, and who was mentored by Chet Atkins, is known for his impressive folk, rock, jazz, country and blues guitar skills. Emmanuel will be joined onstage by special guest JD Simo.

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