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'American Idol' alum Josh Gracin performs at Bootleggers tonight

Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken weren't the only memorable male singers on the second season of "American Idol."

Josh Gracin, the country singer who auditioned for "Idol" while serving in the Marine Corps, placed fourth in that season of the Fox reality TV competition. He's maintained a country music fan base years after exiting the "Idol" stage in 2003.

Gracin performs at downtown Columbus nightclub Bootleggers tonight. Tickets are available at the door for $20.

Since his reality TV stint, Gracin has delivered hits like "I Want to Live," "Nothin' to Lose" and "Stay with Me (Brass Bed)."

The singer grew up in Michigan listening to everything from R&B to country. On his official website, he says listening to Garth Brooks marked a turning point in his musical career. "There's not another genre that better reflects situations in my life," he says.

While competing on "Idol," Gracin won fans over with both his involvement in the military and his commitment to his family.

On a questionnaire posted on the "Idol" website, Gracin named his wife as his own American Idol, noting that "she's dealt with a lot, with me being gone and taking care of my daughter on her own."

In 2004, Gracin told the Associated Press that the Marines were happy about his appearance on "Idol." He said, "I think they thought it was good to have someone in the military to be a positive force out there, performing and showing people that we are good guys. We don't just run around with guns. We have goals and dreams. They transferred me temporarily so I could work and be on the show at the same time."

Bootleggers hosts Anthony Orio & The Goodfellers Friday and Saturday.

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