Marty Stuart At Holland Center

This appeared on - July 24, 2010

Marty Stuart is an entertainer in every sense of the word. His sharp clothes coupled with his infectious enthusiasm in front of an audience make for a performance nothing short of sensational.

Since starting out singing gospel as a child, the bluegrass stint with Lester Flatt in the ‘70s, the six years with Johnny Cash in the ‘80s, and coming up with his smash “Hillbilly Rock” hits of the ‘90s, the four time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music memorabilia preservationist, stylist, designer, photographer, songwriter, all around renaissance man, charismatic force of nature, and (first of all, perhaps), leader of the extraordinary, versatile touring and recording band The Fabulous Superlatives, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music. Not to mention, a missionary’s zeal for bringing the importance of the music and its themes home to long-time fans and newcomers alike. Musicologist Peter North cites, “Marty Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country music’s most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots musicians and visionaries in America.”

For two seasons he has hosted The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV, a show that is ever-gaining momentum. Stuart, who is married to country queen Connie Smith, does not hesitate to credit his musical “compadres” for his ability to create great music and entertainment. Each episode of The Marty Stuart Show features fellow country music stars of past and present, which serve as a testament to both his desire to work with, and appreciation for other musicians.

By Anne Yankus

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