A touch of Nashville is coming to Philadelphia this week as Country Music Star Marty Stuart brings his RFD-TV program, "The Marty Stuart Show," to the historic Ellis Theater in his hometown.

The five-time Grammy Award winner and platinum recording artist will present a special concert and TV taping at 8 p.m. Friday. The concert/taping will represent the final episode of the popular TV show's fifth season.  

Tickets for the Friday night performance in the 511-seat Ellis Theater are sold out. However, tickets for the rehearsal Friday at 4 p.m. are still available.

Appearing on the bill with Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, are regular guest stars from the TV show series: his wife, Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith; steel guitar legend Gary Carter; banjo virtuoso and humorist Leroy Troy; and master of ceremonies for the evening will be noted WSM-AM DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs. 

Stuart will honor Peggy Webb of Peggy's restaurant during the show.

Film, sound and light crews will arrive in Philadelphia throughout the week.

Crews will tape Stuart, Smith and his various guests on the show at different locations throughout Philadelphia and Neshoba County this week. Local residents will also be interviewed in conjunction with the taping.

Stuart has long played the role of ambassador, educator and host on behalf of his hometown of Philadelphia as well as his state.

"My home state and my hometown are unparalleled when it comes to the arts, music and genuine hospitality," he said.

"I have talked about the Blues and Country Music Trails, the museums, the legendary and the ordinary people and places on every single episode for five years now. There are literally scores of people who have seen our broadcasts and have traveled from all over the world to experience and share in the Mississippi story."

The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV is sponsored by Mississippi's Tourism division, Neshoba County Tourism and the Pearl River Resort and Casino. The show has been the #1 rated program on RFD-TV's entire network for five consecutive seasons. The current season can be seen on RFD-TV-owned Rural TV on Saturday nights and will repeat on cable's FamilyNet which enjoys an estimated viewership of 10 million people per week.

The Friday the night show has been sold out, but tickets are still on sale for the rehearsal for $50. The seats are balcony-only.

"It will be the same show exact show as the Friday night taping, but they [Marty and his crew] will be a little bit more laid back," said Kaye Rowell, tourism director.

To purchase tickets for the rehearsal, contact Rowell at the Depot, 256 west Beacon Street, or call (601) 656-1000.