Marty Stuart Will Light Up White House Christmas Fest

This appeared on's website - October 12, 1999

Marty Stuart will sing at the White House's Christmas tree-lighting festivities December 8 in Washington, D.C. Although he has appeared on behalf of other politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, this is Stuart's first presidential performance.

Officially "The National Christmas Pageant of Peace," the ceremony will feature an hour of entertainment after which President Bill Clinton will light the tree and deliver the Christmas message. In addition to Stuart, the program planners anticipate that an opera and a pop act, neither of which has yet been confirmed, will perform. NBC weatherman Al Roker is also on the bill.

A spokeswoman for Stuart says he will be backed by the Marine Corps Band and is likely to sing "Christmas Time's a Coming," the old Bill Monroe standard written by Tex Logan.

Stuart has been on tour the past few months to promote the new concept album, The Pilgrim. On October 22, Rutledge Hill Press will release Stuart's book of photographs and stories, Pilgrims: Sinners, Saints and Prophets. He will sign copies of the book November 2 at the Davis-Kidd bookstore in Nashville.

On Saturday, October 16, Stuart will perform at the Grand Ole Opry's 74th Birthday Celebration. The one-time sideman for Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash has been an Opry member since 1992.

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