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Anniversary concert in Marshall features world-famous talent


Marshall marks a music milestone this month, and world-famous talent will gather to celebrate.

Ten years of music in Downtown Marshall will be celebrated with an anniversary concert showcase on Saturday, April 13.

The free music festival will take place right on the square, in the heart of Marshall's music headquarters.

Musicians Grady Lee and Shawne Somerford founded the Words and Voices Concert series.

Here are the details of the popular outdoor concert series, provided by the Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau:  

Three time Grammy nominated artist Buddy Flett is slated to perform, and popular Shreveport band and members of the Louisiana Hayride, Airheart will take the stage. Marshall's own "Blues Superstar" Bobbie Oliver is also a featured performer.  An array of local, and regional acts have been booked for the show, bringing a variety of musical genres and styles sure to delight all visitors.

The show kicks off with the musical talents of Robert "Blind Dog" Cook, a popular Marshall musician. The Mansion Family; and Grady Lee, accompanied by Lucky Boyd and Bill Smith are some other Marshall musicians sharing their musical talents during the festival. The Darby Warren Project from Longview is also appearing for the festival.

Many nationally known artists have been center stage with the Words and Voices Concert Series, bringing world-class talent in an intimate setting to Marshall. One of the best loved songwriters to appear during the series is Jefferey Steele. Steele was named BMI songwriter of the year for two consecutive years and was a judge on USA Network's Nashville Star.

One of the most popular of the series' concerts starred Texas folk music legend Shake Russell. Wynn Varble, who co-wrote hits like Brad Paisley's "Waitin' on a Woman," has also performed at the Words and Voices Concert Series. Blues legend Harlen Slim and world famous rockabilly performer Jessie Dayton have also performed.  Americana music sensation Hayes Carll was one of the early performers for Words and Voices.

Throughout the past ten years, the concert series has also focused on the story behind the music. With that in mind, many Nashville singer-songwriters have taken the stage.  Austin Cunningham, a Marshall native who made it big as a Nashville songwriter, has appeared during the series several times. Jeff Black, Anthony Smith, and Matt King are other notable songwriters who have appeared on the Words and Voices Concert Series.

The festival is free, and will be outside the Blue Frog Grill. The Blue Frog Grill is located at 101 W. Austin St. at the corner of N. Washington and will be open for food service. The Blue Frog Grill is a BYOB establishment. The free music festival is set to begin at 11:30 AM and conclude at 9:00 PM.  All events will be outdoors, weather permitting, you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs for comfort.

The series, started in 2003, was the first live music event in downtown Marshall.  Like this year's anniversary festival, the concerts are scheduled for the second Saturday of each month.  Go to for information on lodging and area information.

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