Montgomery Gentry Serves Up Wild Honky Tonk Ride

This appeared in The Star Press on February 29, 2004

Local band Flynnville Train did our town proud by opening the show with a fine set of hard-driving country/rock tunes.

Country vet Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives followed with a fantastic set of old school flavor. Stuart - and I know all the Montgomery Gentry fans are going to hate this - turned in a better set musically than the dynamic duo. Stuart is a top-notch guitar player (even better mandolin player) who plays traditional country music nothing that sounds even remotely pop. And that's a good thing.

His three-piece band -- decked out in stylish matching suits -- was hot note after note (and included a former Muncie resident). One of the highlights was hearing Stuart talk about his "best friend" Johnny Cash (Stuart was his longtime guitarist) before playing a song in his honor.

There's no doubt that when it comes to Stuart's set - as Stuart will tell you in one of his songs - that's country.

And if you asked anyone at this show if they had a good time, they would probably answer with the line from that Montgomery Gentry tune:

Hell yeah!

By Michelle Kinsey

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