Marty Stuart To Be Hosted By Players Island Casino

This appeared in The Metropolis Planet - April 4, 1999

Players Island Casino will present country music entertainer Marty Stuart in concert. Two shows will be held on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A performer since age 13, Stuart began his career as a mandolin player in Lester Flatt's Bluegrass Band and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. He then played with fiddler Vassar Clements and acoustic guitarist Doc Watson before playing with Johnny Cash for six years. In 1982, he launched his solo career with his first album, Busy Bee Café. Stuart first scored a top 20 single with "Arlene" in 1985.

As his albums turned gold, his new style of country and honky tonk music attracted fans across the country. His hits such as "Hillbilly Rock," "Little Things," "Till I Found You" and "Burn Me Down" were immediate favorites with audiences. As if his successful solo career was not enough, Stuart joined Travis Tritt in 1992 for the duet "The Whiskey Ain't Workin' ". The efforts of this duo translated into a Grammy and a Country Music Association Award. The same year, Stuart became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, 20 years after his first appearance on the Opry stage at the age of 13.

Stuart and Tritt soon teamed up again for "This One's Gonna Hurt You." In 1996, they reunited once again for "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best," leading to their Double Trouble Tour. Many of Stuart's songs on this tour were inspired by The Marty Party Hit Pack, a collection of favorites and songs showing a new side of Stuart. "The Hit Pack summed up music to that point," he explained. "But it wasn't a stopping point, it was just a halfway point. I wanted to keep evolving, go deeper, get bigger and get better." Stuart is not only a performer, but an advocate for country music.

He serves as president of the Country Music Foundation, a group that ensures future generations will have a Hall of Fame to visit. He is responsible for assembling the world's largest collection of country music memorabilia. In addition, Stuart is only the third person in the last 150 years of C.F. Martin and Co. to have a signature Fender guitar.

By Mindy

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