Marty Stuart Set To 'Jam' With Dolly Parton, Mel Tillis + More

This appeared on The Boot - May 6, 2011

Marty Stuart's 10th Anniversary Late Night Jam takes place June 8, 2011 at Nashville's venerable Ryman Auditorium. Marty's special guests for the highly-anticipated event will include a trio of iconic entertainers: Dolly Parton, Mel Tillis and Connie Smith. The Quebe Sisters Band and Cajun fiddler Doug Kershaw are also on the bill, with more surprise guests expected to join Marty and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, for the one-of-a-kind marathon concert.

The Late Night Jam has long been regarded as the unofficial kick-off to the CMA Music Festival and organizers have announced that prior to any of the lineup information being released, tickets for this year's event have sold faster than ever before. Proceeds will benefit MusiCares with a portion also benefiting Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

"It's hard to believe that the Late Night Jam is 10 years old," says Marty. "I can't help but think back on the first one. I was nervous; pacing and hoping that we'd have enough people show up. The show ended up being a sell-out and we've been going strong ever since. That first show was over 25,000 people ago, and it was also many good deeds ago from MusiCares, and a lot of really magical performances ago from some of my dearest musical friends. Every year I say, 'How can I top that show?' Somehow it happens and good things result from it. This year will be no different."

Marty acknowledges that his stauture in the industry allows him to attract a wide range of artists for the various projects in which he's involved.

"My Rolodex is really interesting," Marty tells The Boot. "My dressing room might have Keith Richards in it one night and Ralph Stanley the next."

Over the past decade, artists who have participated in the Late Night Jam include Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Porter Wagoner, Jerry Lee Lewis and Neko Case.

By Stephen L. Betts

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