27 Facts About Marty Stuart

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John Marty Stuart was born on September 30,1958 and is an American country and bluegrass music singer, songwriter, and musician.

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Active since 1968, Stuart initially toured with Lester Flatt, and then in Johnny Cash's road band before beginning work as a solo artist in the early 1980s.

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Marty Stuart has recorded over 20 studio albums, and has charted over 30 times on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

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Marty Stuart is known for his combination of rockabilly, country rock, and bluegrass music influences, his frequent collaborations and cover songs, and his distinctive stage dress.

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Marty Stuart is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame.

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6.

John Marty Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on September 30,1958.

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Marty Stuart learned to play guitar and mandolin as a child and, by age 12, he had joined a gospel band called The Sullivans.

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Marty Stuart continued to tour in this capacity until Flatt retired in 1978, and recorded an independent album called With a Little Help from My Friends that same year.

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9.

In 1985, Marty Stuart accompanied Johnny Cash to Memphis and played on the Class of '55 album that featured Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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10.

Later that year, Marty Stuart left Cash's band and landed a recording contract with Columbia Records.

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Marty Stuart released his self-titled debut album on Columbia in 1985.

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12.

Also in 1991, Marty Stuart co-wrote a song with Travis Tritt called "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'".

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13.

Marty Stuart won his second Grammy Award in 1993, in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance, as one of several featured artists on Asleep at the Wheel's cover of "Red Wing" on their 1993 album Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

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Marty Stuart co-produced the album with Brown, while contributing on guitar, mandolin, and songwriting.

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Yet Marty Stuart has genuine love for the early country greats and injects his own work with such impassioned strains of old hillbilly styles, that he charms in spite of his limitations.

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16.

The Marty Party Hit Pack became Stuart's fourth and final gold album in 1998.

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17.

Marty Stuart released Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best in 1996, which produced two more minor chart entries in the title track and "You Can't Stop Love" that year.

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18.

In 2005, Marty Stuart launched a custom record label, Superlatone Records, to issue overlooked Southern Gospel and Roots music recordings.

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19.

Marty Stuart released three critically acclaimed collections on Superlatone, Souls' Chapel, Badlands, and Live at the Ryman.

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20.

In October 2005, Marty Stuart released a concept album, Badlands: Ballads of the Lakota, which pays tribute to the Sioux culture in what is South Dakota.

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21.

In 2007, Marty Stuart produced Porter Wagoner's final album on the predominantly punk label Epitaph Records.

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22.

Marty Stuart is known for his extensive collection of country music memorabilia.

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23.

Marty Stuart bought this unique guitar in 1980 from White's widow.

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24.

Marty Stuart is a member of the board of the Country Music Foundation and is a past president.

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25.

Marty Stuart has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992.

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26.

Since July 8,1997, Marty Stuart has been married to country artist Connie Smith, whom he had admired since his childhood.

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27.

Marty Stuart came to the Indian reservation in my hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi, to work at a fair.

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