Marty Stuart didn't win at the Golden Globe Awards, but he celebrated his nomination in style Friday night with an invitation-only show on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Stuart gave an intimate performance in the House of Blues' Foundation Room, an exclusive, upstairs gathering spot with a fireplace and intriguing views of the city. So packed was the room that only folks in the first few rows could actually see Stuart and a bevy of his guests, including actor/director Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton enlisted Stuart to score All the Pretty Horses, the movie that garnered the nomination. Holly Lamar, a double Grammy nominee for co-writing Faith Hill's "Breathe," performed, as did Stuart's wife, Connie Smith, who belted out an impressive version of Buck Owens' "Under Your Spell Again." Dwight Yoakam appeared for a lengthy set that included a rousing Merle Haggard medley -- highlighted by a stellar version of "Mama Tried" -- and another makeshift medley that moved from Elvis Presley's "Any Way You Want Me" into Yoakam's own "Fast as You." The crowd was appreciative, although it saved its biggest response for Country Music Hall of Fame member Earl Scruggs and a singalong of the theme from TV's Beverly Hillbillies. It makes sense -- most of the guests were TV and movie execs. Currently without a label deal, Stuart has started writing songs for his next album with Paul Kennerley, who co-wrote his hits "Tempted," "Western Girls" and "Little Things."
Written by Tom Roland