Marty Stuart's 'Late Night Jam'
Celebrates 'The Spirit And Soul' Of Country Music
|This appeared in The
Tennessean - June 6, 2013
|Marty Stuart stood onstage
Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium. “Do you trust
me,” he asked a packed house at his “Late Night
They did, and they should have. Late night inched toward early morning as Stuart brought on a staggering and diverse set of artists.
“This year is one of my favorite shows,” Stuart said backstage. “We’ve got everything from Charlie Worsham and Mo Pitney to Bobby Bare. It covers country music, and the spirit and the soul of what this is all about.”
Bare, who enters the Country Music Hall of Fame this year, followed the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a group just starting out. Hall of Famer Connie Smith was there, too, as were The Oak Ridge Boys, Jamey Johnson, John Carter Cash, Eddie Stubbs, Curb Records newbie Pitney, Don Maddox, The Mavericks and other fineries.
“Even the bad stuff is gonna be good,” Stuart said.
But there was no bad stuff. It was all good. And even the good stuff was great. Now in its 12th year, Stuart’s show is an annual highlight of the CMA Music Festival. It’s a big tent representation of country music, and it’s a celebration of the right-on and righteous.
By Peter Cooper
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