TNN Profiles the "The Hillbilly Crusader" Marty Stuart

This appeared on'- January 1999

Marty Stuart known as "The Hillbilly Crusader" for his effort in giving country music a more contemporary style, will be the focus of The Life and Times Of Marty Stuart. The one-hour documentary to telecast Wednesday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m., ET on TNN examines the life of the former child prodigy who has grown to become one of country music's most talented and sought after performers.

Stuart became widely recognized in 1995 as an innovator of his own brand of "honky tonk" music and in 1990 broke into Billboard's Top 10 with the album and song "Hillbilly Rock." He has had a string of Top 10 singles including "Western Girls," "Me & Billy The Kid," "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome" and "The King Of Dixie." Some of Stuart's albums include Let There Be Country, Love & Luck and Tempted, which unleashed the hit single "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," a duet with Travis Tritt which earned both the 1992 CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year and the 1993 Grammy Award for Vocal Collaboration. His current album, Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best, has received critical praise and features yet another duet with Tritt on the title cut.

Born in 1958 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, John Marty Stuart was already a wonder on guitar at age 12 performing with the gospel group The Sullivans and later touring with the legendary Lester Flatt. While working with fiddler Vassar Clements and acoustic guitar great Doc Watson, Stuart expanded his music with a bluegrass fusion and eventually joined Johnny Cash's band and began a six-year stint until finally embarking on his own successful solo career.

Stuart, who considers himself "just a member of the band," became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1992--exactly 20 years after he first appeared on the Opry stage with Flatt.

A personal glimpse of Stuart is given through the use of photographs, performance footage and interviews with his wife Connie Smith and friends Travis Tritt, Earl Scruggs, Robert Reynolds (of The Mavericks), Tony Brown, Bill Ivy and members of Stuart's band, the Rock & Roll Cowboys.

Return to Articles Return To Home Page