Stuart Making Music, Pictures And More

This appeared on's website - July 27, 2000

The year 2000 is shaping up to be another banner with the endeavors of Marty Stuart. A quick glance at the activities pursued by Marty the last few months would indicate his circle of fans continues to grow from bookstores and record store to production houses and Indian reservations.

Awards And Recognitions: Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota awarded Marty an honorary masters degree in Lakota Leadership in honor of his support of the college and the Pine Ridge Reservation. Marty has quietly supported the area for the past decade. This spring he donated the proceeds from his Martin Guitar signature series to the college and organized a benefit concert for the reservation. (Of course, Marty had his camera along and you just may be able see these great shots in a new book before long.)

The Heritage Award was presented to Marty at the 23rd annual Uncle Dave Macon Days. This award is given by the directors to "an individual who is most dedicated to the preservation and advancement of old time music and dance."

Stuart was elected to the NARAS Board of Governors.

Marty was the subject of a two-day interview for the Smithsonian American Music Tribute.

Paintings And Pictures And Books: The Watkins Institute of Art in Nashville received a check for $9,000 from a concert performance and art exhibit spearheaded by Marty at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The artwork featured some of the collection of American artisan and Nashville native, Tom Allen. Performing with Marty at the concert was Earl Scruggs and Janette Carter.

Marty's photography was the exhibit at A Gallery on Royal Street in New Orleans. The prestigious gallery featured many of the works in Marty's recently published PILGRIMS: sinners, saints and prophets book which recently entered its third printing. Rutledge Press originally published the book last October. Another book, Hollywood, by Debby Bull features many of Marty's vintage clothing collection.

The Southern Music Edition of the Oxford American features an interview with Marty and includes several cool photos taken by Marty of some of his rock friends and heroes.

Play That Funky Music: Marty, along with his new publishing partner Almo Irving, have been busy reviewing Marty's catalog for pitching.

House and Blues has entered into an agreement with Marty for his input in producing more musical programming for the network.

Marty has been keeping busy in the studio with LeRoy Troy and producing The Sullivans for Ricky Skaggs' new label.

New recordings by Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard also feature Marty's trademark musicianship.

Raffee Goes Country, but he needed Marty's touch.

Marty was recruited by Billy Bob Thornton to score the soundtrack of his upcoming release Daddy & Them.

Marty ventured north to Washington, D.C. to perform with Earl Scruggs and then took Nashville's Adelphia Stadium by storm during the Billy Graham Crusade. The Sundance Film Festival saw a special Stuart show and TV viewers were treated to a new Austin City Limits featuring Stuart.

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