Critics' Picks - Music - Marty Stuart

This appeared in the Nashville Scene - June 2, 2005

A one-time bluegrass prodigy, Stuart became an unlikely star on country radio in the early 1990s with thumping hits like "Hillbilly Rock." His sartorial style and rooster hairdo signaled an irreverent approach to country tropes, while is marriage to Opry star Connie Smith made an easy metaphor for his core commitment to tradition. When the hits ran out, Stuart spent a few years adrift before the release of 2003's Country Music, an enforced beauty that transcended labels and found his muse executing a graceful landing. Thus refocused, Stuart has just announced the formation of his own label, Superlatone, which will launch with a gospel record in August. This show is Stuart's fourth annual Late Night Jam, a benefit for MusiCares featuring guests Earl Scruggs, Dierks Bentley, Shooter Jennings and Holly Williams.

By Chris Neal

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