Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives To Take Grand Prairie Center Stage

For over 40 years, the five-time Grammy-winning musical, singer, songwriter, and historian has been building a rich legacy at the crossroads some call the address of country music

This appeared in the Stuttgart Daily Leader - November 3, 2014

Years from now, when music executives, radio hosts and fans talk about the greats of country music like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash or Bill Monroe, they'll mention Marty Stuart.

For over 40 years, the five-time Grammy winning musician, singer, songwriter and historian has been building a rich legacy at the crossroads some call the address of country music — “the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from blues and folk and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock 'n roll,” where “Saturday night meets Sunday morning,” his website states.

Area residents will have the chance to meet Stuart at those crossroads as he performs with his Fabulous Superlatives at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Grand Prairie Center.

“I've always thought that country music had a really unique relationship with gospel music,” Stuart says on his website. “It is interesting to me that country stars can sing drinking and cheating songs authentically, then at some point during the evening or the broadcast, take their hats off and say, 'Friends, here's our gospel song.' If it’s the right messenger it seamlessly flows. That's a time-honored tradition, from Jimmie Rodgers to Hank Williams to Johnny Cash. Rogue prophets and rogue preachers. That is my world.”

Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, just a little over four hours southeast of Stuttgart, nearing the Alabama-Mississippi state line. He began his music career very early. When most children were playing sports, 13-year-old Stuart “was logging cross-country interstate miles as a mandolinist with the legendary Lester Flatt's road band,” his website says. In his 20s, he toured with Johnny Cash and played with the likes of Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. He launched his solo career in the 1980s, but Stuart soon grew tired of chasing hits and refocused his attention on a traditional country sound.

Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives released a 23-track album this year, Saturday Night / Sunday Morning. They can also be seen every at 7 p.m. every Saturday on The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.

The Fabulous Superlatives include Kenny Vaughan on guitar, Harry Stinson on drums and Paul Martin on bass.
“Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives have a new album out and this show is receiving excellent reviews across the country,” Grand Prairie Center Director Renee Robison said. “The Phillips Community College Foundation funds the Performance Series and the community’s support of all the shows will assist us in continuing to bring top performances to Riceland Auditorium.”

By  Stephanie Fischer

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