Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives At The Franklin Theatre

This appeared in the Nashville Scene - February 6, 2014

Forget the country bro, his sexy tractor, and his honky-tonk badonkadonk: While Marty Stuart has mastered most flavors of country music, he’s left that particular field for those with tribal tattoos to plow. The Mississippi native spent his teens touring with bluegrass maestro Lester Flatt and five years in Johnny Cash’s band before striking out on his own in the 1980s. Drawing as much from bluegrass as from rockabilly and traditional country, Stuart’s catalog exemplifies the label “neo-traditionalist.” But don’t let that suggest he’s a museum exhibit — with four decades of craft at his disposal and his band of 14 years, The Fabulous Superlatives, behind him, Stuart kicks up a hell of a boogie storm that’ll party you under the table before you can finish setting up for beer pong.

By Stephen Trageser

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