|Though it's hardly tailor-made for the most aggressively purist of bluegrass fans, tonight's pairing is nevertheless an inspired one. Stuart's latest release, Live At The Ryman, is the providential result of an earlier session at the same Bluegrass at the Ryman series, and it's a dandy. Not only does the singer/mandolinist demonstrate that he's kept a solid grasp on what he learned as a teenaged member of Lester Flatt's band, but his own Fabulous Superlatives make the transition from hillbilly rock to 'grass a nearly seamless one. Drummer Harry Stinson, who moonlights with Earl Scruggs, can hold is known as a bluegrass tenor singer with just about everyone, and guitarist Kenny Vaughan's knowledge of the catalog is more than sufficiently deep.
Where: Ryman Auditorium
By John Weisberger