Marty Stuart turns 50 with a little help
Thursday, October 2, 2008
– Marty Stuart celebrated his 50th birthday at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night with a little help from his friends. Little Jimmy Dickens rolled a birthday cake, decorated like one of Stuart's trademark Manuel designed jackets, to center stage as Stuart's wife and fellow Opry member Connie Smith enjoyed the surprise.
Keith Urban led the audience of 4,400 in singing Happy Birthdayto Stuart and then joined him on the Hank Williams classic I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. The two also joined forces on Stuart's hit Now That's Country and Urban's chart-topper Who Wouldn't Want To Be Me?"
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Marty Stuart's "Way Out West" is, in part, his tribute to the music of California. The title cut gets straight to the point with a psychedelic journey song, which is as much a warning against drug abuse as it is a physical trip to the golden state. "Time Don't Wait" alludes to much of the garage rock that came out of California '60s, and more specifically points back to The Byrds' heyday with its glorious jangling Rickenbacker guitar part. ...
Since leaving his 1990s' mainstream country music output in his tracks, Marty Stuart has been on an incredible run, both in terms of quality and quantity. Not only has he continued to perfect his rocking-yet-traditional brand of country music, but he has also released several well-regarded gospel albums. His latest double, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning," gives a double helping of music that will please both secular and sacred music fans.
The country half is in keeping with ...
Marty Stuart lives and breathes country music. It's in his blood through associations with folks like Johnny Cash. He's a huge collector of country's history, a photographer, and, oh yeah, quite a fine musician.
Stuart returns for another superb disc of only 10 songs (that's the only criticism here in a tight 31 or so minute set) mixing his stellar, full-bodied Mississippi drawl vocals, great playing, an instrumental, a spoken word (not the first time he has done that) with ...