Marty Stuart - Goin' For The Heart

This appeared in Howdy! Magazine - 1994

"I've touched a lot of areas. I've gotten everybody's attention," explained Marty Stuart as he talked about his career. "I've gotten their eyes, their feet, their heads. It's time to go for the heart." And that's just what he has done with his latest MCA album, Love And Luck. But "going for the heart" meant a lot of soul searching for Marty. He actually postponed recording this album for several months until he found the right music.

"I spent a whole year trying to write and find songs for this album that came from a deeper place," he explains. "I really consider this album an adventure from a writing standpoint and wanted every song to have a story. When I was on the road, I would wander out of the bus every morning with a pen and a piece of paper and explore, just looking for magic.

One listen to Love And Luck and you know he found his magic. "Kiss Me, I'm Gone," the first single, shows his artistry, but emotions run deep on this album with tracks like the Marty-penned ballad, "That's What Love's About," or "That's When You'll Know It's Over" by Butch Carr and Russ Zavitson. And, of course, there is bluegrass and Marty playing his mandolin on "Marty Stuart Visits The Moon."

"This record really was a spiritual odyssey," the Mississippi man freely admits. "One of the places I found myself was up in the badlands of South Dakota, around Wounded Knee, in the midst of Native American culture and their belief. I was sitting on the steps of a church and started thinking about that mandolin instrumental, what it would be like if you landed on the moon. The first thing would be the sound of your heart in your throat, feeling totally alone and overwhelmed. But all of that changes when you were suddenly surprised by Indians sundancing to a Dave Brubeck record. It's all imagination. From that song, I slammed into the one I wrote with Harlan Howard, 'Oh, What A Silent Night,' which has a definite bluegrass feel to it. That tells me that bluegrass is really a deep language, an ancient tone, deep, deep music. I'm glad I know how to play it."

Marty has reached his goal of "going for the heart." He believes in the music he is making and he loves it, too. With that combination, capturing the heart is easy.

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