Mississippian Marty Stuart Gets 2 Grammy® Nominations

This appeared in The Clarion-Ledger - December 3, 2010

Mississippi native, hillbilly rocker and country star Marty Stuart snagged two Grammy Award nominations with his traditional country album, Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions).

Stuart’s duet with wife and country music queen Connie Smith, "I Run to You," is nominated for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and "Hummingbyrd," his tribute to guitarist Clarence White, is nominated for Best Country Instrumental.

His TV show, The Marty Stuart Show, starts its third season on January 8, 2011 with guest Willie Nelson.

“So validating,” Stuart called the nominations in a news release.

“Mine and Connie’s story dates back all the way to 1970 when I first laid eyes on her at the Choctaw 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,” Stuart is quoted as saying in the release.

“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.”

Portions of Stuart’s extensive collection of country music artifacts were on display earlier this year at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian and at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

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