Marty Stuart And Friends Deliver Another Memorable Late Night Jam

This appeared in The Tennessean - June 5, 2014

If there’s one thing that Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam has taught Nashville, it’s the difference between a concert and a show. Wednesday night’s Late Night Jam at Ryman Auditorium lifted Nashville’s traditional country music platform, but also deviated into some R&B and pop country.

Stuart recruited WSM radio DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs to carry the audience through their traditional country excursion. Stubbs also entertained the audience with a virtuosic fiddle tune.

Nine-year-old singer Emily Sunshine Hamilton, who was recently featured on NBC’s Today show, was one of the first musicians to take the stage, yodeling a Jimmie Rodgers classic before performing an original, titled “John and June and Jesus.”

Post-performance, Stuart said he was amazed by Hamilton’s viral video performance and decided to immediately invite her to play on his annual late-night show.

“This show has hosted a lot of people through the years — Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban … Eric Church,” Stuart said, upon receiving a compliment from Stubbs about his tendency to help up-and-coming artists. “I understand what it means to be on this stage when you’re first starting out.”

Pop country sensation LeAnn Rimes broke through the show’s traditional country lineup, performing her 2000 hit “I Need You” and a powerhouse version of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”

Later, R&B legend Sam Moore led a clap-happy audience through Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man” and “I Thank You,” as well as a rendition of George Jones’ “She Thinks I Still Care.”

Connie Smith, joined by her band the Sundowners, performed classics “Cry, Cry, Cry” and “That Makes Two of Us.” She concluded with a powerful rendition of “How Great Thou Art” with husband Stuart joining in.

The Chuck Wagon Gang and Jim Glaser were among other performers taking the stage.

Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam benefits MusiCares, a trust fund that provides assistance to music industry workers in need.

By Gregory Hicks

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