Marty Stuart Joins Sony Music Nashville Roster

Official Press Release from Sony Records - January 27, 2003

Sony Music Nashville proudly announces the signing of distinguished singer/songwriter/musician/producer Marty Stuart to their stellar list of artists. He and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, have begun work on a new project that will release later this year.

Stuart's partnership with Sony Music produced a Grammy nominated tribute album in 2002, Kindred Spirits - A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash, on which Stuart produced 8 of the 10 tracks and performed the Cash classic "Hey Porter."

"Marty Stuart personifies the word creative and the innovative sounds of country music," says Allen Butler, president/CEO Sony Music Nashville. "We are excited to release the next collection from this standout musician and performer."

Stuart brings a wealth of talent to the label - as a songwriter, performer, musician, photographer, historian, producer, actor, and humanitarian. From his start with bluegrass royalty Lester Flatt at the impressionable age of 13 to the eventual release of 13 of his own albums, Stuart has done it all and done it well. He's received Grammy Awards, CMA Awards, songwriting honors, and Golden Globe nominations. He has performed with B.B. King, Ralph Stanley, Bob Dylan, and Sheryl Crow, among numerous others and his songs have been performed by artists such as George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, and Linda Ronstadt.

As Ambassador of Tourism for the City of Nashville and President of the Country Music Foundation from 1996 to 2002, Stuart is a noted and often quoted historian; one who knows country music's past while ensuring it's future. It's this obvious love for country music that has earned Stuart respect from his peers, the industry and fans worldwide.

Sony Music Nashville is a division of Sony Music Entertainment and home to the country music division of Columbia Records, the newly merged Epic-Monument Records, and the rootsy imprint Lucky Dog Records. What began as the CBS presence in country music in 1962 with artists such as Marty Robbins, Jimmy Dickens, and Barbara Mandrell is now part of an international company that consistently stretches the boundaries of country music while honoring and preserving its roots. In the past few years, Sony Music Nashville has been at the forefront of the industry with the breakthrough successes of the Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry and Billy Gilman and the reintroduction of veteran hitmakers Travis Tritt and Pam Tillis.

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