Billy Block's Western Beat Roots Revival

This appeared in Billy Block's column in Music City News - November 1999

Rivaling the Dwight Yoakam show in every way was Marty Stuart's debut on The Western Beat Roots Revival. What a phenomenally gifted artist Stuart is. Songwriter, musician, singer and performer, Stuart does it all with warmth, personality and class. His true love for country's traditions and his ability to mold its future are inspiring. His seventy minute show at the Exit/In in Nashville featured music from every era of his career including music from his concept masterpiece, The Pilgrim. Tracks like "Red, Red Wine and Cheatin' Songs" translate beautifully to the honky tonk concert stage. His mandolin playing on the haunting tribute to Bill Monroe had the SRO (standing room only) crowd hushed in awe. Then he just cranked it up with his rock and roll cowboy songs. A well balanced country music show that exhibited the width and breadth of what country music is and can be. What is wrong with this world when Marty Stuart is TOO COUNTRY for country radio? (That's why Western Beat Radio is the format of the future.) Marty Stuart is the country music messiah, the pilgrim. Pray for country radio and God Bless WSIX in Nashville for Western Beat Radio.

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