New Year's Eve With Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives

This appeared in the Nashville Scene - December 31, 2015

Two shows, because why not? Go early and be safely home (or at a whole other show) when the ball drops, or go late and welcome 2016 with Marty Stuart and his aptly named band -- the choice is yours. Either way, you get a solid dose of what is now, with one exception, a group of guys who have been playing together for nearly 14 years. The newcomer is a multi-instrumentalist and hillbilly musicologist Chris Scruggs, who fits in with guitar-phenom Kenny Vaughan and drummer/sky-high harmony singer Harry Stinson as if he grew up with the gig (which on some cosmic level he did). Like Bill Monroe, Stuart leads with his ax, whether they're in a 'grassy acoustic mode with his mandolin or in a full Marty Party throw-down, where his Clarence White Tele sets the pace through classic country and country-rock tropes. Throw in his vocal ease, and he's  bandleader in the vein of  Merle Haggard.

By Jon Weisberger

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