Franklin Fair: For The Love Of Money, Country

This appeared in the Mason City Globe Gazette - February 21, 2013

Headliners Marty Stuart and Eddie Money will be joined by Joe Diffie, Jerrod Niemann and the duo Love and Theft for the 2013 Franklin County Fair, which runs July 17-21.

Stuart, a multiple Grammy Award-winning artist, headlines Saturday’s night of traditional country music.

Born in Mississippi in 1958, Stuart quit school to play mandolin with Lester Flatt. From age 13, he spent years on the road, performing at bluegrass festivals and concerts. A year after Flatt’s death in 1979, he joined Johnny Cash’s back-up band as a guitarist.

Partnering with Travis Tritt, Stuart won his first Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration in 1992. In 1993, he won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance with Chet Atkins, Vince Gill and others; and with Earl Scruggs he earned a Grammy Award in 2001 for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

Stuart is host and producer of The Marty Stuart Show, which features traditional country music on RFD-TV.

By Mari Ann Wearda

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