Marty Stuart has made it his life’s work to collect country’s artifacts.
STORY BY JOSEPH HUDAK | PHOTOS BY CHRIS HOLLO
In a nondescript strip mall just down the road from a Sonic Drive-In in Hendersonville, Tenn., sits a warehouse of country music memorabilia that would make the guys from American Pickers drool.
The artifacts are often decades old and widely varied. Jimmy Rodgers’ satchel. Patsy Cline’s makeup kit. Roy Rogers’ pistols. Even Hank Williams’ death certificate.
And a little black box labeled: “Things given to me by Johnny Cash.”
The “me” in question is Marty Stuart, the keeper of this treasure trove who protects it with all the zeal and passion of a knight charged with protecting the Holy Grail. For Marty, preserving country music’s history has become his life’s mission... READ FULL STORY
ANNUAL LATE NIGHT JAM 2013: June 5th at the Ryman
Join Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives for their annual
country music throw-down, hillbilly-homecoming rave-up,
The Late Night Jam, at the Ryman on Wednesday, June 5. The best show of the week features the best band in country music and benefits Musicares. Don't you dare miss it! Special guests to be announced soon.
Tickets to see Marty Stuart’s Annual Late Night Jam at the Ryman go on sale this Friday at 10 am at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ryman Box Office and www.ryman.com
The Marty Stuart Show and it's TV home, RFD-TV/Rural TV, are featured in the venerable entertainment news source, Variety.
Marty Stuart’s ‘Late Night Jam’ tickets on sale Friday
You know what we love about Marty Stuart? He’s as much a fan of country music as we are.
The only difference is he’s had a stage pass to witness the beautiful pageant for most of his career.
Oh, and he also puts on great shows like his annual throw-down,
The Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium.
Marty will play with one of the most wonderful backing bands around, the Fabulous Superlatives (if they say so themselves), for a show that’s billed as a “hillbilly-homecoming rave-up.”
We’re not exactly sure what a hillbilly rave would really look like, but trust that Marty’s got that part figured out.
The show, which benfits Musicares, is set for June 5. We’ll know a bit more about any special guests closer to the date.
More importantly, tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Fri., February 22 at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Ryman Box Office and www.ryman.com.
Merle Haggard joins ‘Marty Stuart Show’ for TV performance
Sometimes, what we like to call surreal experiences are merely the odd juxtaposition of ordinary events. And sometimes that juxtaposition brings two extraordinary folks together, as in what happened at a taping of “The Marty Stuart Show” on Monday night... READ STORY
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives performance
on Mountain Stage is scheduled for rebroadcast.
This episode is scheduled for rebroadcast on February 1st.
Airtimes vary by station, a complete list of which can be found here:
The following week their set will be available for streaming at
www.npr.org/series/mountain-stage and via mobile devices through the free NPR Music app.
Marty Stuart, Connie Smith Chat About a Big 2012
It’s been a landmark year for the household of Connie Smith and Marty Stuart, what with Smith’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 20th anniversary of Stuart joining the Grand Ole Opry...
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Choctaw Gardens, a new book of Stuart family photographs by Marty's Mom, Hilda, has been added to our store.
Click here for details.
Connie Smith Inducted into Country Hall of Fame
Marty Stuart guards sanctity of traditional country
40 years ago, a teen talent set out to conquer the world of country music. After some hits — and misses — he has a new purpose: Make sure the music of his heroes endures.
Feature article by Peter Cooper from The Tennessean 9/2/2012
From his home on Caudill Drive in Hendersonville, Marty Stuart can look out the window at Old Hickory Lake and see back across 40 years, over 760 highway miles to the northeast and into a converted Greyhound Scenic Cruiser that idled in a Glasgow, Del., parking lot...
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LATE NIGHT JAM 2012
The 2012 Late Night Jam was held on June 6th, 2012 at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. This year's guests included Wynonna, Roger McGuinn, Stonewall Jackson, The Chuckwagon Gang, Connie Smith & The Sundowners along with Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives!
Please visit the Late Night Jam section of the site to view the great photos taken by Anthony Scarlati.
NASHVILLE, VOLUME 1 - TEAR DOWN THE WOODPILE REVIEWS
The Wall Street Journal - Crossing Music Row
By JIM FUSILLI
Marty Stuart keeps a warehouse here that's filled with guitars, paintings, photographs and miscellany said to constitute the world's largest private collection of country-music memorabilia. It includes several of Johnny Cash's guitars, a coat worn by Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner's rhinestone boots and a briefcase of songs that rode in Jimmie Rodgers's casket on his funeral train... READ FULL ARTICLE
Marty Stuart tells the world about his mission every chance he gets. So it's no surprise to find that another statement, in the guise of a lengthy autobiographical account of how he came to acquire it, serves as the liner notes to his new release. "When I reconnected with country music," Stuart concludes, "I found myself, my calling...to champion it, love it, protect it." He walks that walk on his new album, "Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down."... READ FULL ARTICLE
READ ALL THE REVIEWS HERE
BMI.com 10 Questions: Marty Stuart ... CLICK HERE TO READ
Eddie Stubbs will have the WORLD PREMIER of Marty's new project NASHVILLE VOLUME1: Tear the Woodpile Down on his radio show 4/23/12 on www.wsmonline.com
The time of Marty's appearance is TBA.
Marty Stuart's 'Superlative' set at Lincoln Center
Manhattan Local Music Examiner
August 15, 2011
To call your group Fabulous Superlatives risks overkill, but in Marty Stuart's case it's an understatement. Stuart's Fabulous Superlatives were in fact super-superlative at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Bandshell Saturday night as they capped the first day of the 28th annual Roots of American Music Festival... READ FULL ARTICLE
Marty and the Fabulous Superlatives perform live at Nashville's Loveless Barn on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 pm CDT. It's the Music City Roots radio show, and you can listen to a live stream here.
Marty Stuart headed into the studio recently to add vocals and mandolin to "The Soldier's Dream." The song is part of "The 1861 Project," a collection of new, original songs inspired by the people who fought and lived through the American Civil War. The CD will be released on July 19th. Marty joins John Anderson, along with a host of bluegrass and Americana artists and members of Ricky Skaggs Kentucky Thunder and the bands of Willie Nelson and Delbert McClinton in contributing to this amazing project. You can listen to "The Soldier's Dream," check out some great session photos and get a free download of the song at http://1861project.com/marty-stuart.
"Marty Stuart In Philadelphia, MS" is a short form documentary about American music icon and Renaissance man Marty Stuart. The film shines a light on Stuart's early life and influences in his hometown of Philadelphia, MS and the role it played in the making of his latest album, GHOST TRAIN (THE STUDIO B SESSIONS). Select songs from the album are featured throughout the documentary short, including some candid stories behind the songs. The project was helmed by Jacob Hatley, who directed the critically acclaimed "Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm."
TUNE IN: COUNTRY MUSIC ICON MARTY STUART ON THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
NASHVILLE, TN – June 27, 2011- Five-time GRAMMY award winner Marty Stuart will give late night television audiences a taste of traditional country music on Wed., June 29 when he appears on The Late Show with David Letterman. Stuart and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, will perform "Country Boy Rock & Roll," a track from his critically-acclaimed album GHOST TRAIN (THE STUDIO B SESSIONS).
After his performance, Stuart will head back out on the road continuing his rigorous touring schedule which stretches across the country and continues through September.
Keith Urban will make a special appearance on The Marty Stuart Show this Sat., June 18. The show is currently in its 3rd season and brings traditional country music into living rooms across the nation every Saturday night on RFD-TV. Check local listings for more information.
Photo by: Bill Thorup
Review: Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam Delivers
Marty Stuart sold out the historic Ryman Auditorium June 8 for his 10th Anniversary Late Night Jam. The event raised over $30,000 for MusiCares with a portion also going to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Guests included country music icons Parton, Mel Tillis and Connie Smith, along with The Quebe Sisters Band, Doug Kershaw and surprise guests Ricky Skaggs and Duane Eddy... READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Photo: Erica Goldring
Marty Stuart's ability to move between worlds makes his Late Night Jam a one-of-a-kind event
by JEWLY HIGHT
Marty Stuart is dedicated to his Late Night Jam. So much so that he interrupted his vacation in Hawaii to talk with the Scene about the show's 10-year anniversary. And it's a good thing he's so personally invested in CMA Music Fest's unofficial kickoff event — there's probably not another soul in Nashville who could get yesterday's country stars, today's major-label acts and alt-country renegades together on the same stage every year. "I have an interesting phone book," says Stuart... READ FULL ARTICLE.
MARTY STUART ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 10TH
ANNIVERSARY LATE NIGHT JAM
Dolly Parton, Mel Tillis, Connie Smith, The Quebe Sisters Band, Doug Kershaw and More Join Stuart to Celebrate Traditional Country Music ... CLICK HERE for details.
Mother's Day with Marty Stuart
May 4th, 2011 ~ American Routes celebrates Mother's Day with Marty Stuart and his mom, Hilda. We'll talk about their shared love of photography and a certain girl singer, Connie Smith. Then we'll hear stories about mothers from Fontella Bass, Sonny Rollins, Bo Diddley, and Geno Delafose, among others. Plus songs from blues to bluegrass about and for dear old mom.
Click here to listen.
It's September 30, in 1958. The Mississippi sun has risen,
the train whistle awakens the Philadelphians and Hilda
and John decide to name their new son after Marty
Robbins. The rest shall become history.
Is that a prince with silvery black hair, a sparkly suit and a
guitar named 'Clarence' riding into town on a black stallion? As the fog dissipates, a closer look reveals that Prince Charming is actually Marty Stuart, in Manuel couture, driving his classic black Cadillac into its 300,000th mile with a bevy of awards on the dash. This amalgamation of opposites—traditionalist and
Renaissance man, regular down home guy and superstar, a deep and serious man and a witty, mischievous boy—arrives to thrill, entertain, and educate his faithful following.
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MARTY STUART WINS FIFTH CAREER GRAMMY AWARD!
Nashville, TN-Feb. 14, 2011 - Country music icon Marty Stuart added another GRAMMY to his shelf last night with "Best Country Instrumental" for "Hummingbyrd," his tribute to the great guitarist Clarence White. The track is included on his critically acclaimed traditional country album GHOST TRAIN (THE STUDIO B SESSIONS).
"It really means the world to me to be recognized by my peers for this piece," said Stuart. "My main electric guitar belonged to Clarence White, the great guitarist for The Byrds. After Clarence's death, I bought this guitar from his wife and I've played it on a lot of hits and on a lot of records, but I've never felt like to the Clarence White fans who watch me or who actually watch the guitar, that I've laid down a profound instrumental that pays homage to Clarence. I wrote this song and gave it a title that pays tribute to Clarence. I consider it my B-Bender recital piece."
The guitar is part of Stuart's memorabilia collection that includes such outstanding pieces as Patsy Cline's cosmetic valise, a Johnny Cash "Man in Black" suit and Hank Williams, Sr.'s handwritten lyrics to "Your Cheatin' Heart." Parts of the collection are on tour around the country and have been on loan to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Louvre.
To see a video clip of Stuart perform the GRAMMY Award winning instrumental "Hummingbyrd," click here http://www.vimeo.com/17447543.
Stuart just wrapped his UK tour and continues a rigorous touring schedule across the US through the summer.
MARTY STUART'S "GHOST TRAIN" HAS SHOWN UP ON SEVERAL "BEST OF"
LISTS FOR 2010. HERE ARE SOME OF THEM:
"Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums of 2010"
1. Tracey Thorn, Love and Its Opposite
2. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
3. Hot Chip, One Life Stand
4. Peter Wolf, Midnight Serenades
5. Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me
6. Elizabeth Cook, Welder
7. Drive-By Truckers, The Big To-Do
8. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
9. Marty Stuart, Ghost Train
10. Robyn, Body Talk
PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE
Listed as one of the Top 10 Country Albums of 2010
"Best In Country/Roots"
Marty Stuart, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (Sugar Hill). The country traditionalist has been on a roll over the last decade, and it's capped by this spirited set of mostly originals that nods to Bakersfield, Johnny Cash, and Porter Wagoner. Stuart's Train comes in just ahead of Texas honky-tonker Dale Watson, who also continues to put his own stamp on vintage country with Carryin' On (E1), featuring pedal-steel master Lloyd Green.
"Nashville Skyline: 2010's Moments"
Marty Stuart's Studio B Sessions recharged his batteries and proves why he has long been a true music original.
AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION
"Top 100 Albums of the Year"
36) Marty Stuart, Studio B Sessions, Sugar Hill
THE TORONTO STAR
"The Year In Roots Music, 2010"
5. Marty Stuart, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (Sugar Hill Records): A Nashville veteran cannily conjures up many of his country music heroes — Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty among them —with carefully composed originals, a couple of killer instrumentals and some unusual covers. The album, enhanced by Stuart's killer band, The Superlatives, is a reflection of the singer/writer/picker's pure country soul and rock 'n' roll instincts. And it's all heart.
"Best Country Songs of 2010"
27. "Porter Wagoner's Grave" – Marty Stuart
21. "Hard Working Man" – Marty Stuart
4. "Hangman"– Marty Stuart
"Top 10 Best Albums of 2010"
8. Marty Stuart- Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions Speaking of bringing tradition back to Music City, Marty Stuart has used the blueprint of '60s-era Nashville to record one of his strongest albums to date. The album has everything you would expect from a country album: songs of death, songs of love, songs of God, even a few instrumentals and a recitation about Porter Wagoner. The highlight is undoubtedly "Hangman," a bleak ballad Stuart co-wrote with Johnny Cash. Unlike Jamey's album, this isn't one that will change the country field. He simply doesn't have that kind of power anymore. But it is one of the best things to come out of Nashville in years, nevertheless.
"Jim Bessman's Top 10 Albums For 2010"
1. Marty Stuart, Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions) (Sugar Hill): This is your father's and grandfather's country music, brilliantly composed and performed by the true heir to their invaluable legacy.
"Top 10 Country Albums of 2010"
#8. Marty Stuart – Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions
Ghost Train plays like a history lesson taught by a master professor, as Stuart—one of country music's eminent historians—meticulously constructs new compositions that sound like classics. Like a history lesson, the content can be dry and tedious—especially for the casual observer. Ghost Train is only concerned with breathing life into old things, and the result is a record that's incomparably accurate but not especially valuable to listeners who don't already possess a great interest in the types of songs presented. Still, it's difficult to understate Ghost Train's excellence. Stuart executes his vision of traditional country music to perfection and underscores it with astonishingly crisp production. The Johnny Cash co-write "Hangman" is essential listening.
"Ghost Train — The Studio B Sessions" by Marty Stuart: In this day and age when mainstream country music is being geared more to the pop music crowd, there is still some real traditional country music being made in Nashville. Marty Stuart has always tried to stick to the dirt-on-your-hands country music over the years, mixing good old fashioned electric guitar chicken picking with off-the-hard-road blues that are straight from the heart. "Ghost Train" is an exceptional collection of honky tonk-worthy songs with nearly every one a new juke box classic. This music isn't retro, it is real. On the album, Stuart is backed by his band the Fabulous Superlatives, featuring hot shot guitarist Kenny Vaughan, as well as the Musicians Hall of Fame session pianist Hargus 'Pig' Robbins and no less than six different steel guitar players including the legendary Ralph Mooney.
SAND MOUNTAIN REPORTER
"The G List Picks The Best Of 2010"
Best country CD: "Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions" by Marty Stuart. Honorable mentions: "The Guitar Song" by Jamey Johnson; "Rebel Within" by Hank III; "They Call Me Cadillac" by Randy Houser; "You Get What You Give" by Zac Brown Band; and "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift.
MY KIND OF COUNTRY
"J.R. Journey's Top 10 Albums of 2010"
3. Marty Stuart – Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions
Stuart's throwback to country's first golden era is highlighted mostly by warm musicianship, which features up heaping dollops of fiddle and steel while keeping that signature Bakersfield-meets Mississippi sound that made Stuart's early recordings so engaging. Choice cuts include the high-octane 'Bridge Washed Out' and 'I Run To You' with Connie Smith.
"The Year That Was: The Tope 40 Country Albums of 2010"
17: Ghost Train: Studio B Sessions – Marty Stuart (Sugar Hill Records)
Marty Stuart's goal for his return to the label he started his recording career with was to make as fantastic a country album he could make. He wanted to make a traditionally-minded contemporary release and that's exactly what was accomplished with Ghost Train: Studio B Sessions. Obviously Grammy voters agreed as "I Run To You, a duet with wife Connie Smith, was nominated for an award. Other highlights include "Country Boy Rock And Roll," "A World Without You" and the fantastic "Hangman."
TIMES LEADER ONLINE
"Left Lane's Top 10 CDs of 2010"
5. Marty Stuart, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions - At least a half-dozen tracks on this classic throwback country disc should long ago have made their way to the heavy rotation list on contemporary radio. What's wrong with this picture?
MARTY STUART RIDES THE "GHOST TRAIN" OF TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC ALL THE WAY TO THE 2011 GRAMMY AWARDS
"The Marty Stuart Show" Kicks Off Jan. 8 With Willie Nelson As First Guest
Nashville, TN- Dec. 3, 2010- American music icon Marty Stuart received two GRAMMY nominations for "Best Country Collaboration With Vocals" for "I Run To You," the stunning duet written and performed with his wife and country music queen Connie Smith and "Best Country Instrumental" for "Hummingbyrd," his tribute to the great guitarist Clarence White. Stuart is on a mission to preserve traditional country music with contributions including an award-winning TV show, outstanding memorabilia collection and the critically acclaimed quintessential country album, GHOST TRAIN (THE STUDIO B SESSIONS), that includes these two GRAMMY nominated tracks.
"I've felt in my heart like traditional country music was important and needed some attention for a long time, and now to have the GRAMMY voters come along on that ride with us is so validating," says Stuart. "Mine and Connie's story dates back all the way to 1970 when I first laid eyes on her at the Chocktaw Country Fair and told my Mama I was going to marry her when I grew up. What an incredible occasion to be standing beside her all these years later and sharing a GRAMMY nomination for a song we wrote together on a Sunday afternoon drive," says Stuart. "And 'Hummingbyrd' is my tribute to Clarence. After his death I bought a guitar from his wife, which is now my main electric guitar and I've played it on a lot of records, but I've never felt like I've laid down a profound instrumental that pays homage to Clarence, until this song."
The guitar is part of Stuart's memorabilia collection that includes such outstanding pieces as: Patsy Cline's cosmetic valise, a Johnny Cash "Man in Black" suit and Hank Williams, Sr.'s handwritten lyrics to "Your Cheatin' Heart." Parts of the collection are on tour around the country and have been on loan to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Louvre.
To see a video clip of Stuart perform the GRAMMY nominated instrumental "Hummingbyrd," click here http://www.vimeo.com/17447543.
The Marty Stuart Show will debut it's third season on Jan. 8 with Willie Nelson as the first guest. The show brings traditional country music into living rooms across the country every Saturday night on RFD-TV and continues to be the channel's highest rated show.
Stuart is currently producing a new album with his wife Connie Smith to be released in 2011. This will be her first album of new material in 13 years.
As one of country music's most venerable artists and ambassadors, Marty Stuart wasn't about to stand idly by while witnessing what he saw as the integrity of its heritage being compromised.
"The roots of country music were being ignored and disregarded," says Stuart, a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, "and it was slipping away. It seemed to me that the right thing to do was to play it." That steadfast determination underscores his current album, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions, its title not only referring to the hallowed Nashville room in which it was made but also to the history it holds... READ FULL ARTICLE
CD REVIEW: Marty Stuart's Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions
By Grant Britt
THE DEAL: Marty Stuart revives classic country.
THE GOOD: Marty Stuart is the real deal in a country music landscape inhabited by what Unknown Hinson calls "steroid eatin' pretty boys with cowboy hats and shaved chests." This release is a tribute to the '60s glory days of country, with Stuart returning to the scene of his first recording session at 13 with Flatt in RCA's Studio B, where stars including Elvis, Waylon and Eddy Arnold recorded. "Branded" sounds like Merle Haggard backed by Buck Owens and the Buckaroos with Waylon on bass... READ FULL ARTICLE
NASHVILLE SKYLINE: The Link Between Johnny Cash and Today's Country
Marty Stuart's Ghost Train Unites Country Past and Present
NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/CMT.com Editorial Director Chet Flippo
The distance between the gritty reality of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams' sin songs and the shiny school girl diary entry songs from Taylor Swift seems a vast gulf. It's not, really, when you contemplate the basic subjects of country songs... READ ARTICLE
Country Weekly Feature - 8/23/10
I always work better when I have a cause, and the cause is to uphold traditional country music," says Marty Stuart. It's a mission the 51-year-old Grammywinner, multi-instrumentalist and preeminent music historian takes seriously. In crafting songs for Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions, Marty aimed for a sound similar to songs recorded some fifty years ago, a decision that led him to record at the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville...
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After Four decades in country music, Marty Stuart has every
right to just kick back. Instead, he's striking more deals than
ever, making sure his new project, "Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions," out Aug. 24 on Sugar Hill Records, is everywhere from TV to bookstores to museums ... READ MORE
Well I'm branded, wherever I go
Trying to outrun a bad story everybody seems to know
Might as well be wearing a ball and chain
'Cause everywhere I travel, see my picture
With a number by my name
READ THE LYRICS
Written by Marty Stuart
Marty Stuart Returns To His Roots On 'Ghost Train'
by KEN TUCKER
Like countless performers before him, Marty Stuart portrays himself as hunted, haunted, misunderstood — a rebel on the lam. It's a familiar story, whether it's coming from the blues, honky-tonk or hip-hop. The trick is to make that story sound fresh. Stuart does in the ringing guitars and high-lonesome holler of a song on his new album, Ghost Train, called "Branded." ... READ & LISTEN TO THE FULL ONLINE INTERVIEW - CLICK HERE
Marty Stuart has country music in his blood, and Ghost Train is no retro record
Let It B
by JON WEISBERGER
It's been just about a decade since Marty Stuart decided to quit chasing the country music big-time, and since then, he's put together one of the best bands in the business and made some fine albums. But today, when he talks about country music and the making of his latest effort, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions, he has the impassioned air of a man who's been born again — and maybe he has... READ FULL ARTICLE ONLINE
August 6, 2010 - Marty Stuart's latest offering is steeped in long-established country traditions and sounds. "Country Boy Rock & Roll" mixes a rhythm reminiscent of a classic Johnny Cash tune with early-'90s country guitar licks... READ MORE
August 5, 2010
Review - No Depression
"Ghost Train": The Studio B Sessions"
Posted by Adam Sheets on July 30, 2010
Marty Stuart: Building On The Foundation of Country
July 29, 2010
The State of Mississippi is unveiling a marker honoring Marty on July 25th. The marker is part of Mississippi's COUNTRY MUSIC TRAIL.
Marty Stuart received a star on the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center's walk of fame on the sidewalk in front of the Mississippi State University Riley Center for Educational and Performing Arts in Meridian.
Marty Stuart rolls out 'Ghost Train'
From The Tennessean June 10, 2010
ll manner of country-related sounds are bouncing through Nashville this week during the CMA Music Festival, but for Marty Stuart, the ones that are most impactful are the ones rooted in tradition.
"Traditional country music is the music that still melts me and reduces me to tears," Stuart said, standing Wednesday afternoon in RCA Studio B, where so much classic country music was recorded.
Stuart was at RCA B — the place where his wife, Connie Smith, recorded numerous records — to introduce journalists and friends to his upcoming album, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions. Due out Aug. 24 on Sugar Hill Records, Ghost Train features a few covers along with 11 songs that he wrote or co-wrote. There's a duet with Smith, a recitation called "Porter Wagoner's Grave" and a strong and solemn tune called "Hangman" that Stuart wrote with Johnny Cash four days before Cash's death.
The recordings provided Stuart with some full-circle moments: His first recording sessions came at RCA B, when he was a teenage mandolin player working for Lester Flatt.
Wednesday, the assembled listeners included Smith, members of Stuart's Fabulous Superlatives band, the Oak Ridge Boys' Duane Allen and pedal steel guitar great Ralph Mooney, whose instantly identifiable style graces four of the album's songs, including an instrumental take on his co-written Ray Price smash, "Crazy Arms."
- PETER COOPER
Marty Stuart marker to be unveiled July 25
The Nebosha Democrat
By STEVEN THOMAS
The second marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail will be unveiled here in July in honor of country music star Marty Stuart on the block where he bought his first guitar.
The marker, which will resemble the Otis Rush Blues Trail marker at the depot, will be placed at the corner of Byrd Avenue and Main Street near the Jordan and White law office on July 25.
Tourism Director Kay Rowell told the Mayor and Board of Aldermen last week that Stuart requested that the marker be unveiled during the Neshoba County Fair and placed at that location.
Stuart bought his first guitar at Turner Hardware on Main Street and his mom worked at the Bank of Philadelphia, which was located on that corner at the time. He also got his hair cut at a nearby barbershop, she said.
Aldermen voted unanimously to allow the placement of the marker.
Stuart was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 30, 1958, the son of John and Hilda Stuart.
With four gold albums and countless hit singles, his career continues to go strong as he bridges the strong traditional/bluegrass/gospel past of country music with the new rockabilly, Southern Rock, contemporary sound.
A second Country Music Trail marker will be placed in Neshoba County at a later date to honor the late Bob Ferguson, a Choctaw historian and American songwriter who wrote the bestselling song "On the Wings of a Dove," among numerous others.
Ferguson, a Missouri native, moved his family to Philadelphia after his retirement to work with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians where he helped establish the Museum of the Southern Indian in 1981.
He died in 2001.
At least 30 Country Music markers will be placed along the Mississippi Country Music Trail.
The markers will be positioned across the state and will feature an assortment of other country music artists, including Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Jerry Clower, Faith Hill and Paul Overstreet, among others.
The music trail was lobbied for by Stuart in 2009.