|.....Marty Stuart also wrote a new song--"Same Old Train"--especially for the project. "My manager asked me if I'd be interested in singing a Johnny Cash song," Marty tells Country Weekly. "I said, 'No, I've done that on a couple of records. What we need to do is create something new that encompasses the past. present and future of country music.'
"I borrowed the title from Haggard," Marty continues. "He had that album title years ago. I said, 'I'm not doing this song unless I can get Haggard to sing.' "
He also got Clint Black, Pam Tillis, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris and Travis Tritt to sing on the project. "The song started out as a demo with me and my band," Marty says. "Joe Diffie came in and sang the scratch vocal. It was really hard for me to put all these other people on there because Joe sang it so great."
Marty sums up the deep feelings behind the tribute album. "I love the roots and the foundation that country music is built on," he says. "The stuff that sticks around is the stuff that does a number on your heart. When I go see Haggard sing, I wind up using a whole box of Kleenex crying. There are very few people who can do that--just wreck your heart and really move it."