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Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives - Country Music
Album Review by: Cheryl Harvey Hill

Whether he is singing the Porter Wagoner classic, "A Satisfied Mind," that leads off this CD or the Johnny Cash penned, "Walls Of A Prison," that finish this twelve song album; you can call it traditional, classic, hillbilly rock, rockabilly, country rock, honky tonk, bluegrass ... however you preface it, no matter what you call it, there is no doubt that what you hear on the new Marty Stuart album is bonafide, absolute Country Music.

Stuart is back and sounding better than ever after taking the past few of years off.  When radio dismissed his 1999 critically applauded album, The Pilgrim, despite the fact that the CD earned him Grammy nominations, he decided to take a break from the music business.  He is quoted as saying that he took every gold record and award off his walls and avoided listening to the radio while he essentially went in search of himself.  While on hiatus from recording his own albums he kept his creativity keen by working on other projects. Stuart scored artistic victories by composing the music for three movies and earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work on All The Pretty Horses. He wrote two songs on the Dixie Chick's Home album and produced an album for actor Billy Bob Thornton. He also produced an album tribute to his former father-in-law, Johnny Cash, titled Kindred Spirits.

The twelve songs on this album are reflective of Stuart's versatility as an artist and musician and showcases some of his best industry alliances.  He was a co-writer for half of the songs on this CD and re-wrote some verses of a couple others. "Farmers Blues," written by Stuart and his wife, the beautiful and very talented, Connie Smith, was recorded with the legendary Merle Haggard who demonstrates his devotion to country by yodeling on this cut ... now that's Country Music.

Official website: http://www.martyparty.com/
Fan Site: http://www.martystuart.com/
Label Site: http://www.martystuartmusic.com/ (Sony Music Nashville)


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