Two Nights of Real-Deal Country on the 'Opry' Stage

This appeared in The Tennessean - December 19, 2003

It's good to have Marty Stuart back on the new-releases record rack. He's a honky-tonk ambassador -- one of the savviest spokesmen for real-deal country music. After his epic The Pilgrim failed to sell commensurately with its critical praise, the rhinestoned one worked on less-visible projects such as movie soundtracks.

But now he's back with the superb, self-explanatory release Country Music, including a stunning guest appearance from Merle Haggard. Stuart's playing both nights of the Opry at the Ryman this weekend, and that ensures a good time.

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