Introducing Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music
Debuts New Song “Homesick” Via Guitar World
January 29, 2018 — This morning, five-time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives announces thirty-six dates on Chris Stapleton’s “All-American Road Show” tour throughout 2018. Stuart and his band will serve as direct support for Stapleton’s arena dates including St. Louis, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, & New York City, and tickets for these shows will be available for presale on Wednesday, February 7th at 10am local time with code “WAYOUTWEST.” Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 9th and at 10am local time, and will be available here.
This Wednesday, January 31st, a press conference and musical performance will be held at the Mississippi State Capitol to announce Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music. The new facility, which incorporates the historic Ellis Theater, is equal parts concert venue, museum, and educational center. With over 20,000 invaluable items, Stuart’s collection of country music artifacts is the largest private collection of its kind in the world. Included in the new development is the Marty Stuart Center, an inviting setting where students can learn about the spectrum of careers available within the music industry. Endorsed by the GRAMMY Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the Library of Congress, the Center will focus on using music to inspire learning, critical thinking, and self-expression.
Recently, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives debuted their cover of the classic Jimmy Martin song “Homesick” via Guitar World, who praised the “tasteful, bluesy, reverb-laden guitar playing we’ve come to expect from Stuart and Kenny Vaughan.” The track is part of Amazon Music’s “Love Me” and “Love Me Not” playlists which will be released on February 9th in honor of Valentine’s Day. Listen to “Homesick” via Guitar World here.
Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives are currently on their headlining U.S. tour with remaining dates in Austin, Dallas, Chattanooga, and Alexandria (full dates below). Two tiers of VIP packages will also be available in select markets on this tour, The Big Chief Special and The Hummingbyrd Bonanza. Tickets for these dates and full information about both VIP packages are available here.
Stuart and his band recently won the award for “Duo/Group of the Year” at the Americana Music Association’s 16th Annual Americana Honors & Awards. Previous winners of this prestigious award include The Avett Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, and Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell. In 2005 the Americana Music Association awarded Marty Stuart with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.
Marty Stuart released Way Out West on Superlatone earlier this year, and MOJO named it one of their “Best Americana Albums of 2017.” The album was conceived as a love letter to the promised land of California by one of Country music’s living legends, who has played with everyone from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt. NPR Music proclaims: “Way Out West is Marty Stuart’s album-length paean to the myth and magic of the American West. It finds country’s stalwart neo-traditionalist turning cosmic cowboy for a journey through the Joshua trees, shadowy canyons and desert dreams that tantalize travelers with the promise of a golden shore on the other side.” Way Out West is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally here.
Marty Stuart is a five-time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Americana Music Association, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, photographer, musician, and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the ’70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band in the ’80s, and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the ’90s. Stuart hosts a Late Night Jam at The Ryman, a yearly tradition which kicks off the CMA Music Festival, with recent guests including Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neko Case, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Dan Auerbach and many more.
Marty Stuart Tour Dates– http://www.martystuart.net/events
February 15 /// New Braunfels, TX /// Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre
February 16 /// Austin, TX /// Antone’s
February 17 /// Houston, TX /// The Heights Theater
February 18 /// Dallas, TX /// The Kessler Theater
February 21 /// Kansas City, MO /// Madrid Theatre
February 22 /// Omaha, NE /// The Waiting Room
February 23 /// Iowa City, IA /// The Englert Theatre
February 24 /// Stoughton, WI /// Stoughton Opera House [3-5 pm]
February 24 /// Stoughton, WI /// Stoughton Opera House [7-9 pm]
March 17 /// Hopkins, MN /// Hopkins Center for the Arts
March 23 /// Madisonville, KY /// Glema Mahr Center for the Arts
March 24 /// Chattanooga, TN /// Robert Kirk Walker Theatre
March 29 /// Marietta, OH /// The Adelphia Music Hall
March 30 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Memorial Hall
April 5 /// Savannah, GA /// Savannah Music Festival
April 6 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
April 7 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
April 14 /// Boca Raton, FL /// Southern Jam 2018
May 12 /// Lancaster, PA /// American Music Theatre
June 16 /// Brandon, MS /// Brandon Amphitheater*
June 22 /// Rogers, AR /// Walmart AMP*
June 28 /// Darien Center, NY /// Darien Lake Amphitheater*
June 29 /// Philadelphia, PA /// BB&T Pavilion*
June 30 /// Mansfield, MA /// Xfinity Center*
July 13 /// St. Louis, MO /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
July 19 /// Spokane, WA /// Spokane Arena*
July 20 /// Portland, OR /// Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
July 21 /// Seattle, WA /// White River Amphitheatre*
July 26 /// South Lake Tahoe, NV /// Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena*
July 27 /// Sacramento, CA /// Toyota Amphitheatre*
July 28 /// Mountain View, CA /// Shoreline Amphitheatre*
August 2 /// Billings, MT /// Rimrock Auto Arena*
August 3 /// Missoula, MT /// Adams Center*
August 4 /// Boise, ID /// Ford Idaho Center*
August 9 /// Albuquerque, NM /// Isleta Amphitheater*
August 10 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center*
August 11 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// USANA Amphitheatre*
August 16 /// San Diego, CA /// Mattress Firm Amphitheatre*
August 17 /// Anaheim, CA /// Honda Center *
August 18 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Forum*
August 23 /// Saratoga Springs, NY /// Saratoga Performing Arts Center *
August 24 /// Gilford, NH /// Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
September 28 /// Mount Airy, NC /// Mayberry Festival
October 4 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Riverbend Music Center*
October 5 /// Indianapolis, IN/// Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *
October 6 /// Chicago, IL /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
October 11 /// Charlotte, NC /// PNC Music Pavilion*
October 12 /// Raleigh, NC /// Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek*
October 13 /// Bristow, VA /// Jiffy Lube Live*
October 19 /// Alpharetta, GA /// Verizon Amphitheatre*
October 20 /// Atlanta, GA /// Lakewood Amphitheater*
October 25 /// Columbia, SC /// Colonial Life Arena*
October 26 /// Knoxville, TN /// Thompson Boling Arena*
October 27 /// Lexington, KY /// Rupp Arena*
November 2 /// New York, NY /// Madison Square Garden*
November 3 /// Charlottesville, VA /// John Paul Jones Arena*
*With Chris Stapleton
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With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.
While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts. Including its literal shoes: Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.
But most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th studio album, hits both of those marks. Produced by Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), the album is a cinematic tour-de-force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.
Opening with a Native American prayer, a nod to Stuart’s affinity for the indigenous people, particularly the Lakota, Way Out West transports the listener to the lonely but magical American West. It is, in its own way, musical peyote.
“If you go and sit by yourself in the middle of the Mojave Desert at sundown and you’re still the same person the next morning when the sun comes up, I’d be greatly surprised,” says Stuart. “It is that spirit world of the West that enchants me.”
Specifically the promised land of California. Growing up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart was taken by the mystique of the Golden State: the culture, the movies and especially the music. “Everything that came out of California captivated my kid mind in Mississippi,” he says. “It seemed like a fantasy land. Way Out West is a love letter to that.”
As such, the album could only be recorded there, and Stuart, with his longtime backing band the Fabulous Superlatives, decamped for California. They recorded half of the album at Capitol Records and the rest at Campbell’s M.C. Studio, a gritty space with a vibe all its own. Much of the early Heartbreakers music was recorded at Campbell’s and that primal rock & roll energy is palpable throughout Way Out West, reinforced by Capitol’s own rock history: the Hollywood studio birthed iconic records like the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the country-rock of Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman. Way Out West, with its atmospheric production, evokes those classics, as well as cowboy records like Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and Cash’s The Fabulous Johnny Cash, one of the first albums Stuart ever owned.
“This is a California record, and I knew that when I emerged from the studio at night, I wanted to see palm trees and breathe that desert air,” says Stuart.
Listeners too can feel the warmth of those Santa Ana winds over the album’s 15 tracks, a collection of newly written originals, instrumentals and rare covers like the Benny Goodman-penned “Air Mail Special,” and “Lost on the Desert,” once recorded by Johnny Cash.
“I asked Johnny about that song when I was in his band, and he said the only thing he remembered about it was changing some words,” laughs Stuart. “But Way Out West just as easily could have been titled Lost on the Desert.”
The idea of losing oneself runs through Way Out West, with the title track both a spiritual adventure and a cautionary tale – Stuart wraps up the travel ballad with a spoken aside about his own bad trips with pills.
“I researched that for 30 years,” he jokes, self-deprecatingly. “There’s a lot of truth in that song.”
The rollicking standout “Time Don’t Wait” also offers a warning: to not let life race by. “As the dirt fell through my fingers / the wind it seemed to say / don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can today,” sings Stuart. “That’s just country wisdom. I can’t claim that. But I like when you can talk about the simple things that are around us. That makes country music come to life for me,” he says.
When it comes to transforming country songs into tangible experience, Stuart has a secret weapon: the Fabulous Superlatives. Made up of guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs, the Superlatives are an extension of Stuart himself.
“The Superlatives are missionaries, they’re fighting partners. They’re my Buckaroos, my Tennessee Three, my Strangers. They’re my legacy band and have been since Day One,” says Stuart.
Along with the playing of Mike Campbell, who contributed guitar, B-3 organ and piano, the Fabulous Superlatives are all over Way Out West and ensure that the mystical detours Stuart explores always remain of the moment.
As Stuart himself will tell you, he often ventures off the reservation – in a way, his entire career has been “way out west.” While other artists chased popular trends in the name of radio play, he formed complete bodies of work, not unlike the greats he idolized. Way Out West is just the latest embodiment of that creative mission.
“I would play this record for Hank Williams, Merle Haggard or Ernest Hemingway and never bat an eye,” says Stuart. “There’s something in there that would entertain each of them.”
But Stuart also made Way Out West for those who come after. As he sees it, there is no greater responsibility in music than to share what you’ve learned.
“Lester Flatt saw something in me and gave me his wisdom, wit and music. Johnny Cash was my best friend. But all of that doesn’t come for free. The job is to pass it along,” says Stuart, stretching out his arms. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be in country music.”
With Way Out West, Stuart holds up his end of the deal.