Member Since 1992
Marty Stuart made his first Opry appearance as a 13-year-old mandolin player traveling with Lester Flatt’s band. After Lester died in 1979, Stuart branched out, playing a kind of bluegrass fusion with fiddle player Vassar Clements and working with guitar virtuoso Doc Watson. A six-year stint touring with Johnny Cash followed, and Stuart—who plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and fiddle—became a sought-after session and concert musician.
He broke into the Top 10 for the first time in 1990 with the album Hillbilly Rock, which went gold, as did the follow-up, Tempted, which featured four big hits, including its title song. His duets with “no-hats” friend Travis Tritt, “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” and “This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time),” brought the duo a Grammy and a CMA Award.
Stuart became a member of the Grand Ole Opry 20 years after that first, teenage appearance. His 1999 album The Pilgrim was a critically acclaimed country-opera cycle. In 1991 liner notes, Marty Stuart pondered, “I don’t know; maybe I’m a bridge between the past and the future.” He got that right.
More recently, in an attempt to bring more recognition to Southern Gospel and Roots music, Stuart launched Superlatone Records. Superlatone is Stuart's vehicle used to emphasize the southern culture in which he was raised.
Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions