Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives -
Ghost Train - The Studio B Sessions By: Jim
Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
In stores now, is one of the most
classic country recordings that I have heard in a
while, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives
are as good as any bluegrass or country band.
Ghost Train - The Studio B Sessions was recorded in
the historic RCA Studio B, the disc even has
that info encoded. The title track "Ghost Train
For-Oh-Ten" has that country train song vibe to it.
Kenny Vaughn plays some great electric guitar riffs
that are quick, focused and make you want to dance.
"Hard Working Man" (Marty Stuart) is a slow country
ballad that talks about the plight of the hard
working man. Excellent vocals and great old-time
pedal steel by Ralph Mooney. Good solo by Vaughan.
By the way, the rest of the Fabulous Superlatives are Harry Stinson
on drums and Paul Martin on Bass. Four different
pedal steel players are used on this CD, Ralph Mooney, Kayton
Roberts, Gary Carter, and Robby Turner. There are
some sparse strings in the background. Ralph Mooney
plays a solo of his "Crazy Arms" on pedal steel
after being asked by Marty. He really nails the
"Porter Wagoners Grave" is a classic country
talk song that Stuart does a very emotive job at
performing, while the band plays quietly in the
background. If Marty Stuart is not one of the finest
vocalists of country today, no one is, this song never
fails to touch me. Then Stuart goes into a melody after
the talking part. This is a very touching song.
After that emotional tune the band cranks up a little
Bakersfield sound with 'Little Heartbreaker". Great lyrics, raw guitar pickin', this is good
is a good song,
picture Dwight Yoakum with someone else singing and
Vaughn goes into some more great guitar work, minced
with pedal steel.
For an ending, they go acoustic and play a bluegrass
jam with mandolin, mostly ripping through a melody.
As the disc starts with a very country rocker
"Branded" which has a lot of electric guitar,
great country hooks, and more pedal steel. This band
rocks, sounding a bit like Radney Foster.
favorite song on Ghost Train - The Studio B
Sessions is "Country Boy Rock and Roll," Kenny
Vaughan plays some of the hottest guitar I ever heard, He plays right along with the
melody of the song and goes plain nuts at end. (Whew)
The cover is retro black and white of a train comin'