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Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives - Ghost Train - The Studio B Sessions
By: Jim Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
9/19/10

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 song.

"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.

My 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' a you.

This is Marty Stuart at his best.

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