LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Traveling with the Million Dollar Quartet, a musical production, Colte Julian gets to visit countless amazing locations. Out of those, he is especially excited about performing in Lufkin.
"It's just really such a cool place in East Texas and kind of behind the pine curtain," said Julian.
Although he was born and raised in Oklahoma, Julian's mother worked for Temple Inland and he spent a lot of time in the Lufkin area growing up.
"It's kind of like a second home to me and my mom worked here for a considerable amount of time," said Julian. "It's really been a proud moment for me to be able to come back here and experience Lufkin in a completely different way than when I was nine-years-old, coming to eat all-you-can-eat ribs at Lufkin Barbecue."
It's fair to say that Julian's musical career started in East Texas, when he was given a scholarship from Temple Inland to go to school to pursue music.
"It was cool that, while I didn't necessarily know this is what I wanted to do, they saw potential in me and saw that this was something worth investing in," Julian said."I mean I don't know how it would've have happened any other way."
Julian is grateful for all Deep East Texas has given him and is excited to perform as a way of giving back to community that helped pave his way.
"Being a kid that grew up coming to Lufkin and Diboll and really traveling all around the country with my mom as a part of Temple Inland, it's been really fun to come back to some of these other smaller communities and giving them a taste of what they helped build," Julian said.
Julian is excited for the community see him play Jerry Lee Lewis in Tuesday's performance and hopes he makes them proud.
There are 400 tickets still available for Wednesday's night show. Tickets will be full price until the box office closes at 5 p.m.. When the box office re-opens at 6:30 p.m., all remaining tickets will be half price. For more information you can contact the Angelina Arts Alliance at 936-633-5454.