Marty Stuart And The Fabulous Superlatives To Perform Friday, August 30, 2013

This appeared in the Plainsman - August 26, 2013

Country music legend Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives will be performing at the South Dakota State Fair grandstand on Friday, August 30, at 7 p.m., offering fans of all generations a chance to enjoy the roots of country music in an energetic fashion. Backing the Grand Ole Opry star are guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, and bassist Paul Martin.

“I’ve been in bands since I was 5 years old and this is the best band I’ve ever been a part of,” said Stuart during a phone interview. “We do have a lot of fun.”

Bassist Martin, whose talents extend to a number of instruments, played bass and steel guitar with the Oak Ridge Boys. Harry Stinson, the Superlatives’ drummer, is a staple in the country music scene, having recorded with country giants Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty, and many more. Kenny Vaughan’s guitar style is the product of a genre melting pot, as Vaughan’s talents have no genre boundaries yet remains refined, enough so to garner the musician the title of Best Guitarist in Nashville Scene Music Awards.

Stuart himself is no stranger to South Dakota, having married his wife, Connie Smith, in a small ceremony on the Pine Ridge Reservation. “I’ve been coming to South Dakota since the early 1980s when touring with Johnny Cash and fell in love with it,” said Stuart.

Stuart credits his music’s ability to thrive in today’s popular country genre to its authentic and honest nature.

“I strive for authenticity and I think that’s something that’s beyond trend and beyond fad,” said Stuart.

Few true, country music legends still tour today, giving those attending the South Dakota State Fair one more reason to catch Marty Stuart and the Superlatives performance. Stuart himself humbly reminisces of the artists and friends that are no longer around but exemplifies what he has learned from the music greats. “You know it is an honor, I look around and I realize so many of my friends aren’t around anymore,” said Stuart.

Edward S. Curtis, a Native American photographer, called the Native Americans a ‘Vanishing Race’ and I think that describes country music. We are a ‘Vanishing Race.’”

Despite the seeming novelty of Marty Stuart’s music, he attests the roots of country music will always remain no matter the popular trends.

“I think whatever sells is the direction country music will go, but the roots of country music will always be there.”

By Shannon Marvel

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