Marty Stuart

This appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 3, 2008

Marty Stuart made the most of a disappointingly small crowd for his headlining show at a damp and chilly Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage on Wednesday night.

Dressed in a rhinestone-studded white suit, Stuart and his three-piece Fabulous Superlatives band revved up with the rockabilly stomp of “You Know It Ain’t Right.” By the second song, “Country Boy Rock ’n’ Roll,” Stuart and guitarist Kenny Vaughan were trading solos and sharing a microphone on the verses.

A hallmark of Stuart’s career, which began as a 15-year-old member of Lester Flatt’s band, has been his versatility within the genre. This show was no exception, ranging from the ode to honky-tonk angels, “The Whiskey Ain’t Working Anymore,” to the ballad “Tempted.”

Stuart included a history lesson, describing the genesis of the only song co-written by Hank Williams and Bill Monroe as an introduction to “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome.”

By Erik Ernst

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