Four-Time Grammy® Award Winner Marty Stuart Breathes New Life into Classic Country Music in Chandler

This appeared on - March 22, 2012

From his gospel singing start to his bluegrass stage with Lester Flatt in the ‘70s, to his six year period with Johnny Cash in the ‘80s, to his ‘90s smash “hillbilly rock” hits; the platinum recording artist and leader of The Fabulous Superlatives, Marty Stuart, has continued to be a force to be reckoned with in the genre of country music for over forty years. He will perform live at Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Marty Stuart’s country music career began in 1971 at the age of thirteen in the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. Before even receiving his driver’s license, Stuart was recording in Lester Flatt’s band in the same space where several Elvis Presley hits were recorded, as were unforgettable tracks by Waylon Jennings, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, to list just a few.

It was this famous studio that Stuart had the privilege of returning to once again, more than four decades later, to record his 2010 album, Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions). The country star was granted permission to record in the RCA space of his very first recording session by the Country Music Hall of Fame, who operates it. “It is indeed an honor,” Marty said of the experience. Staying true to his roots, though Studio B is now considered more of a museum than a workspace, he felt that the only way to authentically capture an all new, classic country music album, was to create it there.

Marty Stuart’s country music career accolades include Grand Ole Opry appearances, many Top 40, Top 10 and Top 5 hits, four Grammy awards and his own country music television show, The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.

His collection of photography and music memorabilia was also honored in 2007 with the Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Odyssey exhibit, which opened at the Tennessee State Museum. The exhibit went on to be displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland, Ohio and The Statehouse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2008.

In his most recent endeavors, Marty Stuart has consulted the original blueprint of country music; writing about love, heartaches, the law, death, work, sin, redemption for people from all walks of life. “When country music is doing its job, it reports on the good, bad and indifferent of our human condition,” says Stuart. “When times are good, we have tunes to dance to; when times are tough, we’re supposed to talk about it. That’s country music.”

The acclaimed country music star graces the stage at Chandler Center for the Arts for a show not to be missed, Saturday, March 31st.

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