Rockin' Country Comes To Kuss
|This appeared in the Springfield News-Sun - March 27, 2006|
Considering Marty Stuart seems to be one of the last guys in Nashville with any real appreciation of the past, you just knew it was coming.
Or at least you hoped hed give a shout-out to Buck Owens, who died Saturday at age 76.
And so that night in Kuss Auditorium, when Stuart finally steered his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, through a cover of Owens great instrumental, Buckaroo, it was a tribute that spoke louder than words.
But Owens himself had a way with those. The AP obit recycles what has to be one of the all-time greatest slams against mainstream country music: Assembly-line, robot music turns me off.
Stuarts a kindred spirit, having recently hopped off the Music City conveyer belt in order to make the most heartfelt roots music youll never hear on the radio.
Regardless of what Clear Channel thinks, his new direction makes for one incredible concert.
For starters, the Superlatives guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and bassist Brian Glenn, each sporting black suits with hot pink ties are no mere hired guns.
Since being assembled by the 47-year-old Stuart four years ago, theyve become a band to be reckoned with. If there are two guys better than trading Telecaster licks than Stuart and Vaughan, please, drop me a line.
The band dutifully explored Stuarts back pages as a country hit-maker Tempted remains the greatest Buddy Holly song never written by Buddy Holly but also rolled out the new stuff.
And thats when Stuart showed hes completely left the likes of Sara Evans, who plays Kuss tonight, in corporate la-la land.
Gathered around one microphone, the Superlatives harmonized masterfully on the Staple Singers Somebody Saved Me, all while Stuart accompanied on Pops Staples old guitar.
It was in that moment, you realized Stuart and the Superlatives are the real deal.
There arent many of those left.
By Andrew McGinn
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