Marty Stuart Heads "Stand Up For America" Show

This appeared in the Texarkana Gazette - June 25, 2010

Acclaimed country artist Marty Stuart is set to release his 14th studio album, Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions), in August, but first he headlines the 2010 Stand Up for America Celebration here on Saturday.

It’s in another Nashville’s studio, a famous one in Tennessee, where Stuart recorded this soon-to-be-released work: RCA Studio B.

Stuart is mindful that studio is where much of country music’s legacy was formed, he says while discussing the release on his Website, and it’s also where, as a 13-year-old mandolin player, he first took part in a recording session. Stars like Porter Wagoner, Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton recorded there, too.

Stuart’s 13-track album Ghost Train will feature mostly his own material, including tracks he penned with Johnny Cash (“Hangman”) and wife Connie Smith (“A World Without You” and “I Run to You”).

Here in Southwest Arkansas, Stuart has top billing for the Stand Up for America Celebration, and he is scheduled to take the stage with his Fabulous Superlatives at 8 p.m.

Gates for the show open at 4:30 p.m. at Nashville City Park with local act Re-Awakened and then Joe Mack Campbell performing as part of a patriotic celebration. The Bear Creek Boys are also on tap to perform.

“It honors our veterans and talks about Independence Day,” Nikki Cherry, Nashville’s director of parks and recreation, said about the patriotic celebration. The evening concludes with a fireworks show planned for 9:30 p.m.

About the Stand Up for America Celebration, Cherry said, “This is the 21st year, and it started out in Nashville as a small, local event. It’s grown over the years.”

The annual show at Nashville’s amphitheater has hosted some other stellar musicians during the years, such as Pat Green, T. Graham Brown, John Michael Montgomery, the Gatlin Brothers and Neal McCoy.

(Tickets are $10 for adults in advance and $15 day of show, $5 for children and veterans, and $25 for reserved seating. More info: or 870-845-7405.)

By Aaron Brand

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