Book Talk With Marty Stuart

This appeared on's website - November 2, 1999

The ambassador of country music, Marty Stuart, is making several public appearances in support of his book, Pilgrims: sinners, saints and prophets. Predominantly a book of photographs taken by the artist during his 25 years in the music business, the book also features behind-the-scenes commentary by the singer. The 41-year-old performer recently appeared on PBS's "A Word On Words" to discuss his life and his book.

Stuart began taking photographs in 1970. His mother's favorite singer (now Stuart's wife), Connie Smith, came to the Choctaw Indian Fair near his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. "I had my mama buy me a yellow shirt so [Connie] would notice me," Stuart told "A Word On Word's host John Siegenthaler. "When she didn't, I said 'Mama, let me borrow your camera,' and I flashed it right in her face. On the way home that night I told mama, I said, "I'm gonna marry that girl."

Other pictures include Stuart's "musical father" and former father-in-law, Johnny Cash, as well as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Little Richard and Sheryl Crow. When complimented on his expert photography, Stuart amiably shirked the compliment, responding, "You shoot enough pictures in 25 years and you'll finally get enough in focus to make a book."

Stuart will be at a book signing at Nashville's Green Hills Davis-Kidd today (November 2) at 6 p.m. ET. Fans can also catch him chatting about his book on TNN's "Crook & Chase."

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