Stay Up With Marty Stuart Tonight For Late Night Jam At The Ryman

This appeared in The Tennessean - June 7, 2006

For the past several years, country star Marty Stuart has been doing his part to remind attendees of the CMA Music Festival that country music can and does exist outside the crude borders erected by contemporary country radio.

He does this by hosting Late Night Jam at The Ryman (116 Fifth Avenue North), an event that has showcased both well-known names and underground artists whose music might scare people if it was played on one of the corporate-sponsored daytime stages.

This year Marty has assembled his most audacious ensemble yet, pairing country legends (Connie Smith) and gospel greats (the Fairfield Four) with platinum stars (Travis Tritt) and punkabilly outcasts (Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers, Don Chambers and GOAT).

This is, hands down, the most adventurous and intriguing night of music you'll see during CMA Fest week. Stuart's Late Night Jam (which also features Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Kathy Mattea, Jim Brock and John Stone) starts at 11 p.m.

By Jason Moon Wilkins

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