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The Murphy Arts District has announced that Arkansas native Wyatt Putman will open the Frank Foster concert Jan. 18 in the First Financial Music Hall at the Griffin.

According to a news release, Putman was born and raised in the small town of Spring Hill, Arkansas, with a passion for country music. He grew up listening to the true legends of country and was inspired by fellow Arkansas singer Justin Moore, who performed in El Dorado during this year’s MusicFest.

Encouraged by his uncle, Putman picked up his first guitar at age 12, eventually becoming well-known in the surrounding areas for his singing and songwriting.

“All my life, it didn’t matter if I was going 5 miles down the road, I couldn’t spin tires without spinning Justin Moore, Hank Jr., or Waylon Jennings on the radio,” Wyatt said in the release. “I just love music that much. I cannot wait to begin the journey of making it in the music industry. Many doors are opening, and my dreams are coming true.”

Putman arrived in Nashville in 2017, ready to continue his career with a notebook full of songs written from experiences in the backwoods of South Arkansas.

“We’re excited to be featuring a native son of Arkansas, especially since Wyatt will be a great musical fit for Frank Foster’s fans,” Terry Frisch, head of production for MAD said in the release.

The show will start at 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets for the concert are available for $15 for general admission through Monday. After that, ticket prices will increase to $20 for general admission until Jan. 18, when tickets will cost $30 for general admission. According to the release, all pit tickets are sold out, though there are $90 premium seats available on each side of the pit in front of the stage. Premium seating is limited to 96 seats and comes with access to a dedicated bar and server.

Tickets may be purchased at, by phone at the MAD box office 870-444-3007 or in person at 101 E. Locust St. in El Dorado.

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