This Ain't No Ghost Town: Four Decades Of Marty Stuart
|This appeared on the Gospel Music Channel website - August 3, 2010|
Youd think that someone who began his professional career at age 12 might start to slow down four decades later, but not Marty Stuart. On August 24, Sugar Hill Records will release Ghost Town (The Studio B Sessions), a new country album recorded in RCAs legendary studio, where Stuart played mandolin on his first recording session when he was a 13-year-old member of Lester Flatt's band.
On the eve of Ghost Towns release, Stuart is already working on a new gospel collection, which he plans to title Cathedral. A multi-talented singer/songwriter and noted country music historian, Stuart has been exceptionally busy in recent years. He launched Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey, a photography and memorabilia exhibit which chronicles the history of country music and has been featured in the Tennessee State Museum, the Statehouse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. and other locations. He also hosts The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV and has published Country Music: The Masters, a photography book earning rave reviews.
So how does Stuart approach each creative endeavor? I pray and turn it over to God, and get up and go to work, he tells gmclife.com.Faith and a solid work ethic have long been part of Stuarts life. He began performing with gospel/bluegrass group The Sullivans when he was just 12. Not long after he was recruited to join Flatts band and left his home in Mississippi to become a full-time traveling musician. He later performed with Johnny Cash before embarking on a solo career. The Grammy-winning artist has scored country hits such as Hillbilly Rock, Tempted, and Western Girls. He and pal Travis Tritt recorded hit duets such as This Ones Gonna Hurt You.
Along the way, Stuart has flirted with Native American music on 2005s Badlands: Ballads of the Lakota and celebrated his passion for bluegrass on Live at the Ryman in 2006. Souls' Chapel, released in 2005, was a critically acclaimed homage to Delta gospel.
On Ghost Train, Stuart returns to traditional country music. They feel like old friends, he says of the songs on the new record. I had been writing on this record since 2003. I needed a place to record it, and Studio B seemed to be the place because its so much a part of country musics legacy.
Among the albums standout tracks is I Run to You, written and performed with his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith. The two married in 1997, but Stuart had marriage in mind from their first meeting even though he was only 12 at the time.
She was my mothers favorite singer. We had a record of her at our house called Miss Smith Goes to Nashville. It had a beautiful photograph of her on the cover. I thought she was the prettiest girl in the world and so I had my mama take me to buy a yellow shirt so Connie would notice me that night, Stuart says of going to see Smith perform. After the concert me and my sister got our picture made with her and I got her autograph. On the way home I told my mama I was going to marry her. It took 25 years to figure it out, but it worked.
By Deborah Evans Price
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