Marty Stuart says he's looking forward to his annual Late Night Jam. The singer notes the concert provides a showcase for traditional country music, and he's proud to put it on display. He adds that the timing of the event -- on the eve of the launch of the CMA Music Festival -- is no fluke. Stuart explains, quote, "I created the Late Night Jam in order to kick off country music's biggest week with a show unlike anything else that the fans would be able to see while they were in Nashville, and the results have been legendary." Stuart uses the show to raise money for The Recording Academy's MusiCares charity, and to date has brought in more than $150,000 for the organization.
Stuart adds that with last month's flood, MusiCares' services are greatly needed in the Nashville area. He notes, quote, "I know of musicians who've lost their homes, vehicles, instruments, and in a couple of instances, families. With that in mind, me and my friends are going to play our hearts out for our friends who are hurting and in need." Keith Urban and Ronnie Milsap are a couple of those "friends," while other performers include Cowboy Jack Clement, Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Ralph Mooney, and his wife, Opry star Connie Smith. Stuart notes, quote, "It's actually quite staggering who's coming." Stuart will host his Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Wednesday night. The music begins at 10:00 p.m. local time. Money raised will go to the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund.