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Durango’s D.L. Marble to open Outlaw Snowdown

D.L. Marble, an emerging outlaw country artist out of Durango, will be the first act to grace the stage when the Outlaw Snowdown music festival kicks off in Town Park on Friday, Jan. 13.

A native Arizona cowboy, “I rode bareback horses in high school,” turned self-taught musician, “I taught myself to play after sneaking into a Roger Clyne show — I bought a guitar at the pawn shop the next day,” Marble moved to Colorado seven years ago and is a regular at the Abbey Theatre in Durango.

Raised mostly by his mother in Gilbert, Ariz., Marble comes by his outlaw DNA honestly. “My dad is currently in prison for narcotics, but he was in the Huntsville, Texas, fed pen for bank robbery most of my childhood,” says Marble. “I write songs because if I didn’t, I would probably go crazy. They come out and as cliché as this sounds, it’s my only outlet for the voices in my head and to clear my soul.”

Currently touring Arizona and Texas, Marble’s self-titled debut album is due out early 2012. Marble and his band have opened for Clay Walker, Gretchen Wilson and Lucas Nelson.

Marble will play from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday night and will be followed by Texas Country chart toppers Jason Boland and the Stragglers, and Stoney Larue.

“I love Stoney (Larue), Jason (Boland) and The Band of Heathens ... oh, and Elizabeth Cook is awesome,” says Marble of the Outlaw Snowdown acts he’s eager to share the stage with. “We are so excited and honored to play!”

The Outlaw Snowdown is a three-day alternative country festival held in a heated tent in downtown Pagosa Springs from Jan. 13-15. Tickets are $39 for a single day or $99 for a three-day pass.

For more details or to buy tickets, visit www.outlawsnowdown.com or call (949) 690-3457.

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