Marty Burns

“Music and Memories” will be the theme when The Marty Burns Experience comes to the Old Rock School on Saturday, Sept. 14, as a benefit for the Burke Theater Guild. Plus, attendance at the event automatically enters the ticket buyer into a drawing to win one of two brand new Epiphone guitars, an acoustic called the Hummingbird and an electric called the Nighthawk.

Burke County native Marty Burns, who graduated from East Burke High School, has been entertaining country music audiences for more than 30 years. Many local residents remember his popular band, Marty Burns and Southern Rain, which was a mainstay of area fairs, festivals and clubs during the ‘90s.

For the past 20 years, he has lived in Nashville and has turned his love of guitars into a successful career with the Epiphone Guitar Co., where he serves as worldwide quality control manager. Yet such a demanding job has not kept him from continuing to play and sing.

In fact, he has performed in major night clubs throughout the United States and abroad and has served as the opening act for several superstars including Kenny Chesney, The Dixie Chicks, Wade Hayes, Joe Diffie, The Bellamy Brothers, Rhett Akins, and BlackHawk.

“I like to refer to this program as an experience rather than a concert,” said Burns. “Everyone has at least one song that brings back a memory of the past. I frequently talk to people who have told me that when I sang a particular song that it took them right back to an important time or event in their lives. I really enjoy giving people that experience.”

Burns is eager to perform again for the hometown crowd.

“I have so many friends and classmates here, as well as vivid memories of the performances I have given in the past, including one at the Old Rock School my senior year in high school,” he said. “I am also grateful for the chance to help out the Burke Theater Guild, which is producing the event. All of the proceeds from this show will go to help them continue to bring quality entertainment to this area.”

Burke Theater Guild director Phyllis Garrison said she is excited for Marty to return and perform in the area.

“Marty has such a huge local following. His fans have kept up with his career and are looking forward to this event,” she said. “It is his love of performing and his love for country music that has brought him back home to Burke to share his talents with us.

“But it isn’t just local people who will enjoy this performance. I have also sold tickets to a number of people who are traveling here from out of state. It’s going to be a fun night – a great show, plus an opportunity to win a beautiful new guitar.”

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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