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Prescott Opry Feb. 12 performance showcases 'Generation'

If the truck won't start and that woman has done left, don't spend all night in the Honky Tonk. Instead, head to the Prescott Opry Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Elks Theater. With a slew of performers bringing their classic country stylings to the stage, this month's showcase of young talent is "Generation," a group comprised of youths ages 12 to 18.

Jaylene Hunter, administrator for the Prescott Opry, said the show honors classic country music and classic performers, such as Jimmy Dickens, Ray Price and Hank Williams.

"It's a way to celebrate the music of our generation," Hunter said. "Anything cowboy or country that honors that heritage is what the audience comes to see."

Among the performers for this month's Opry is Gary Clemmons, performing two sets and turning into his "Almost Willie" character for the second. A citizen of Prescott Valley since 1996, Clemmons is a member of the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame and has written hits like "Steel Guitars, "Too Many Outlaws," "Last Call" and the "Johnny Western" theme song.

Clemmons said he has been playing music all his life, starting around 8 or 9 years old and noted that he got into country music due to family influence. "There was always a guitar laying around," Clemmons said. "I can't remember not playing."

Also playing at the Opry is Tina Stitler, who sings her own versions of famous country songs, like Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" and Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again."

Stitler said she has been singing country music since she was 5 years old, 39 years ago and is inspired by Dolly Parton. "I think her songs hit home in a lot of families," Stitler said. "She sings from the heart and the words she writes are beautiful."

Stitler said singing in the Prescott Opry is a second chance for her due to declining a spot in Star Search in 1989 because of her daughter. She called it fate.

Other acts this month are Brush Arbor Revival, The Hammack Family Band, Ed Gary and Cheyenne Jasper, formerly a part of "Generation."

Jasper said country music has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.

"It's practically been a part of my life since I was born," she said, noting she loves everything about performing the genre.

Tickets are $17 with senior, group and student discounts and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com or by calling (928) 777-1370. The Opry begins at 7 p.m.

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