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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives!
Marty Stuart started out singing gospel as a child, did the bluegrass stint with
Lester Flatt in the '70s, performed six years with Johnny Cash in the '80s, and
created his smash "hillbilly rock" hits of the '90s. In recent years, he
launched a custom record label,
Superlatone Records, to record overlooked Roots
music. Stuart released three critically acclaimed
collections on Superlatone, Souls' Chapel,
"I'm always on the prowl for the kinds of recordings that can inspire and
potentially make a difference," Stuart says. "What inspires me now, is
traditional country music. It's the music I most cherish, the
culture in which I was raised. It's the bedrock upon which the empire of
country music is built, the empowering
force that provides this genre with lasting credibility. It's beyond trends and
it's timeless. With all that being said, I found traditional country music to be
on the verge of extinction. It's too precious to let slip away. I wanted to
attempt to write a new chapter."
That new chapter is Ghost Train (The Studio B
Sessions) which includes such unmitigated country
staples as the male-female duet "I Run to You,"
written and sung with Connie Smith, the dramatic recitation (fittingly,
as part of "Porter Wagoner's Grave," a story song written by Stuart that raises
the ghost of the late, great country icon, whose final
album Marty produced, in the dramatic style Porter mastered), the
chugging, bluesy and spooky fellow
Mississippian Jimmie Rodgers-like train song "Ghost Train Four-Oh-Ten," and such
steel guitar driven, hardcore heartbreak ballads such as "A World Without You,"
and "Drifting Apart." Track nine is Marty's straightforward, outspoken new
salute to the "Hard Working
Marty Stuart has shown a showman's zest for every conceivable flavor of country
music. Not to mention, a
missionary's zeal for bringing the importance of the music and its themes home
to long-time fans and newcomers alike. Musicologist Peter North cites, "Marty
Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country
music's most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical
crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots
musicians and visionaries in
Please Note: Gathering in the Gap is an alcohol-free event. Open beverages and coolers are not allowed. Food and soft drinks will be available for sale."
Gathering in the Gap Music Festival,
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