Calvin Ray's Draws Big Name Artist

This appeared in the Grayson County News-Gazette - October 18, 2007

Calvin Ray's Live Music will host grammy-winning vocalist Marty Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, on Saturday, October 20, 2007.

Stuart began his musical career at the age of 12 in 1972 when he toured with the Bluegrass group, the Sullivans and later joined Lester Flatt and band member Roland White.

In 1980 Stuart joined county music great Johnny Cash and played with his backup band until he began his solo career in 1985. He finally made it big when two of his songs from his album titled Hillbilly Rock became hits. The title track, "Hillbilly Rock" was his first Top Ten hit on the Country charts. The other song "Western Girls," just broke the Top 20.

Stuart released a duet with Travis Tritt, "The Whiskey Ain't Workin' " and later teamed up with Tritt on the No Hats Tour in 1991 and 1992.

Since the late 1990's Stuart has released several albums that have not had the success of his 1980 recordings.

In 2003, Stuart released an album that was credited to Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives. and in 2005 he started his own record label where he released three critically acclaimed collections, Souls' Chapel, Badlands and Live at the Ryman.

Stuart produced country legend Porter Wagoner's debut album on the predominantly punk label Anti Records in 2007.

In addition to releasing his current album COMPADRES: An Anthology of Duets, Stuart he just put out his second book of photography called Country Music: The Masters.

The book includes amazing photos taken by Stuart of country legends such as Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn.

Stuart's collection of music memorabilia and photography will be exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in 2007 as "Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey."

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