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'Kind of a front porch concert’: Floyd County native coming home for Friday night show under the stars

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 11:31 AM EDT
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A Floyd County native will return home later this week.

On Friday night, Josh Martin, who is a rising country music star in Nashville, will perform at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre.

As he packed his bags to head back to the Star City for the weekend he told WYMT he is excited to come home and play a stripped-down set for his hometown neighbors.

“I am looking even more forward to playing at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheater. Because I remember way back in the day when the Kentucky Opry was down there. And I’ve got so many good childhood memories of that place," Martin said. “Kind of a front porch concert is really what I’m envisioning.”

He said he’s bringing a few acoustic instruments and will likely have a bass player on hand, but wants to use the night as an escape for people to enjoy music in their own back yard.

“It’s just about fun. We’ll have a good time,” Martin said. “We want to have fun. We need to have fun. And that’s what this Friday is about: getting together, listening to music, and having fun. Kind of escaping reality for a few hours.”

Martin released his new single “Strange Times” just this week. The song talks about how the world has changed in the past year.

Back in March, WYMT’s Buddy Forbes sat down with Martin and talked to him about the virus and how it had brought him home to Eastern Kentucky.

“The goal for this Friday night, in my book anyway, is to simply be together with my East Kentucky family. I think at this point we could all use a break from reality and there’s really no better way to do that than getting lost in a concert,” Martin said in a news release from the Mountain Arts Center promoting the concert.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.macarts.com, by calling 888-MAC-ARTS, or stopping by the MAC Box Office.

You can get them on the day of the show at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre box office starting at 6 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. and officials say all COVID-19 precautions will be taken.

“Put the fears behind you, folks. You’re gonna have plenty of space at the amphitheatre.” Martin said. “Come out, folks!”

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