Marty Stuart Comes To Kicker's

This appeared in The Leaf Chronicle - January 16, 2004

Get ready for some "Hillbilly Rock" at Kickers Country Club Saturday.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and country music singer Marty Stuart takes the stage 10 for a rip-roaring evening of boot-scootin' fun.

Clarksvillian LeeAnn Dickerson has seen Stuart perform.

"He puts on a very good concert," Dickerson says. "I've seen him with Travis Tritt. Marty does some really good stuff."

"We're expecting this to be one of our biggest concerts in the six years since we opened," says Angel Johnson, co-manager at Kickers. "We've had people even calling from Mississippi who are coming up to see him perform."

Stuart's newest CD Country Music has received high marks from music critics.

This latest musical effort for the Philadelphia, Mississippi, native is caulked full of tunes written or co-written by Stuart.

Listening to Country Music is like a trip down memory lane to the roots of country music, but with new words that fit today's lifestyles.

"Marty Stuart remains a solid live performer and makes a very good record," says Mike Montgomery, program director at local radio station WVVR.

Contemporary country music fans get a chance to slide across the dance floor anytime Stuart is behind the microphone.

"Too Much Month (at the end of the money)" gets the blood pumping and "Tip Your Hat" with its bluesy twang will get you dancin'.

Stuart blends with Merle Haggard for the ballad "Farmer's Blues," a song written by Stuart and his wife Connie Smith. He and Smith tied the marriage knot in 1997. She is now 62 and he's 45.

Haggard won't be at Kickers Country Club Saturday, but Stuart will jam anyway.

He has paired in musical duets with several of the icons of country music throughout his almost 30 years in the music business.

He has pulled a couple of obscure nuggets for inclusion on Country Music. Kickers Club patrons will be treated to a former Porter Wagoner gem "A Satisfied Mind" and a little known tune recorded by the late Johnny Cash "Walls of a Prison."

Lyrics from "A Satisfied Mind" -- "The wealthiest man is a pauper at times compared to a satisfied mind" -- hit pay dirt and ring true for the average blue collar worker.

Words like "It's a beautiful pain when you're a fool for love" from "Fool For Love" and "They sweep broken dreams off the street" in "Sundown in Nashville" are verbal time machines back to the early sounds of country music.

The driving bass pumps the lighthearted comedic lyrics of "By George" and is a hoot for the listener and those inclined to dance.

"Marty represents all there is about country," Montgomery says. "He's always kept things country in a world that has gone pop."

By Ann Wallace

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