Marty in Minnesota & More Marty Stuart
|These two concert reviews appeared in Country Music Magazine - November/December 1991|
|Almost a year has passed since I last saw Marty Stuart on this same stage in Hinckley, Minnesota. He has a new guitar player, Brad Davis, and a new drummer, John Sturdivant, Jr. He sounds even better and puts even more heart into his music than ever! Personally, though, his hit songs and videos haven't changed him in the least--he's still the same humble Marty he was before people realized what talent was walking in their world.
It's infectious, watching him enjoy himself so much. You can't help but tap you toe and clap your hands. From his own "Tempted," to John R. Cash's "Blue Train," to the classic fiddle tune, "Solder's Joy," there isn't another artist that can mix the old with the new as impressively and make sound so fresh. And, as always, a request for an autograph and picture is always met with a smile. I do hope his "Crusade for Hillbilly Music" brings him and the boys back to my neck of the woods again next year. Listen up folks, country music doesn't get much more exciting than this!
Review by Roxanne Johnston
|On a crisp, clear October night, Marty Stuart brought his thumping hillbilly music to the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Stuart and his fine-tuned band carried audience members on a ride far more thrilling than anything on the fair's midway. From the time his boots hit the stage, Marty was electrifying. During his 90-minute set, Marty rocked, twanged, twisted and strutted his way through gems such as "Western Girls," "Burn Me Down," "Little Things," and "Tempted." On "Blue Train" he paid his respects to former boss and eternal friend, Johnny Cash. The highlight of the entire evening to this country girl's ears, was a trip back to Stuart's basic bluegrass roots with the classic "In The Pines." Nowhere does his talent shine brighter than on this raw and earthy style of music.
During his 20 years in the music business, Marty Stuart has obviously spent his time well, learning from the industry legends while honing his own exceptional talents. The fruits of these labors are now being realized as this dashing young performer is the most refreshing and entertaining artist on stage today. He has the stage presence of one who was put on this earth for the purpose of entertaining others. And in the process, the sheer delight that sparkles on his face proves that he's getting back as much as he's giving.
Review by Janet G. Price
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