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
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)