Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
Performing Saturday, February 1, 2020
Marty Stuart, this year’s Winter Dance Party headliner, is living, breathing country music history, known for his traditional style and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music.
He’s played alongside legends from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him, to Merle Haggard, with whom he appeared at a memorable concert at the Surf Ballroom. All the while, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future.
Stuart has definitely taken his own path to superstardom. While other artists chased popular trends in the name of radio play, he formed complete bodies of work, not unlike the greats he idolized.
“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. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be in country music.”
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 — he dropped out of school at age 13 to begin performing — 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.
Exploring the sounds of rockabilly, he found some success with the 1986 album “Marty Stuart” and scored his first hit with the song “Arlene.” Stuart also worked on his stage persona, choosing to wear fancy western-style suits on stage and to tease his hair.
Since those teenage days, Stuart has had countless hits and awards, and continues to be a force in the country music world.
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.