Marty Stuart has grown to be known as one of Country Music's most eclectic artists. He bridges the strong traditional/bluegrass/gospel past of country music with the new rockabilly, Southern Rock, contemporary sound. Born in 1958 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Marty got his first guitar at age 3. After teaching himself to play the guitar, he began playing the mandolin a few years later. At age 12, Marty began performing with the Bluegrass group The Sullivans. He later met Lester Flatt band member Roland White, who invited Marty to play with the band at a Labor Day gig in Delaware in 1972. After that, Marty joined the band fulltime until Flatt's death in 1979. From there, Marty found more work touring with Vassar Clements, Doc & Merle Watson and Bob Dylan, as well as playing on sessions for Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young and Billy Joel. In 1980, Marty met Johnny Cash and joined his band. After a six-year stint with Johnny, Marty signed a recording contract with CBS Records and, in 1986, enjoyed the release of his debut album. Though the album garnered some chart success, CBS scrapped his follow-up release. After leaving CBS, Marty returned home to Mississippi before making another run at Nashville. From 1989 to 2000, Marty enjoyed a solo career with MCA Records garnering four gold albums and countless hit singles. In 1993, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In 1997, he married fellow Opry member and country music legend Connie Smith. After leaving MCA in 2000, Marty joined Sony Records, releasing a new album in 2003. In 2005, he launched a custom record label, Superlatone Records, to issue overlooked Southern Gospel and Roots music recordings. Marty has served as a board member, and president, of the Country Music Foundation. His collection of music memorabilia and photography will exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum in 2007 as "Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey."
[Marty serves on their Advisory Board]