Stuart Wins Grammy®, 5th Career

This appeared in the Neshoba Democrat - February 23, 2011

Country music icon Marty Stuart added another Grammy to his shelf last week with Best Country Instrumental for "Hummingbyrd," his tribute to the great guitarist Clarence White.

The track is included on his critically acclaimed traditional country album Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions).

"It really means the world to me to be recognized by my peers for this piece," said Stuart, a Neshoba County native.

Stuart is the son of John and Hilda Stuart of Smyrna, Tennessee, formerly of Neshoba County.

"My main electric guitar belonged to Clarence White, the great guitarist for The Byrds. After Clarence's death, I bought this guitar from his wife and I've played it on a lot of hits and on a lot of records, but I've never felt like to the Clarence White fans who watch me or who actually watch the guitar, that I've laid down a profound instrumental that pays homage to Clarence. I wrote this song and gave it a title that pays tribute to Clarence. I consider it my B-Bender recital piece."

The guitar is part of Stuart's memorabilia collection that includes such outstanding pieces as Patsy Cline's cosmetic valise, a Johnny Cash "Man in Black" suit and Hank Williams Sr.'s handwritten lyrics to "Your Cheatin' Heart."

Parts of the collection are on tour around the country and have been on loan to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Louvre.

Stuart just wrapped his UK tour and continues a rigorous touring schedule across the United States through the summer.

He will return to his native Mississippi Thursday. February 24 when he will emcee the 23rd annual Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts in Jackson.

The event spotlights Mississippi's outstanding cultural resources and honors those who contribute to the state through their vision and creativity.

Stuart, a 1999 Governor's Awards recipient, began playing mandolin at age 12 with the Sullivan Family, and at age 13 he moved to Nashville and joined Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass.

After Flatt's death, Stuart landed the job he had always wanted, playing in the Johnny Cash Show. After six years with Cash, he pulled together his own band, and his first single, "Arlene," landed in the top twenty, followed by many other hits.

Keen to broaden the scope of his life-long passion to uncover the depths and eccentricities of Southern culture, Stuart now finds himself in the opening stages of combining music and the arts to continue his ambitious story.

Marty Stuart was born in Philadelphia on September 30, 1958. This was his fifth Grammy®.

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