Crockett, Texas—Country-music icon and Grammy winner Marty Stuart will take the stage at the Crockett Civic center on Saturday, March 7th at 7:30PM. Marty and his band the Fabulous Superlatives are on tour and making a stop in Crockett. This show is presented by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association as part of its Signature Series of events. For tickets or more information go to www.pwfaa.org or call (936) 544-4276.
If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from the blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. And on a deeper emotional and spiritual level, it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning.
No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over forty years, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in twenty-three tracks.
“I’ve always thought that country music had a really unique relationship with gospel music,” Stuart says.
“It is interesting to me that country stars can sing drinking and cheating songs authentically, then at some point during the evening or the broadcast, take their hats off and say, ‘Friends, here’s our gospel song.’ If it’s the right messenger it seamlessly flows. That’s a time-honored tradition, from Jimmie Rodgers to Hank Williams to Johnny Cash. Rogue prophets and rogue preachers. That is my world.
Marty has received has the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing and also has a star on the Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
“I had such a great run, playing butt-wigglin’ songs in coliseums, and it was just wearing thin,” he admits.. I had one record left on my contract with MCA, and I vowed to get back to the music I’ve always loved the most, and let my heart be the chart.’”
To get some clarity, Stuart consulted his friend and mentor, Johnny Cash. “I went to his house and said, ‘J.R., I’ve got a record in my mind called The Pilgrim. I laid it out to him, and he said, ‘Well, just know you’re stepping up for rejection. Potentially.’ I said, ‘I understand, but I’ve got to do this.’ He said, ‘If you’ve got to do it, that’s all the reason you need.’ So I made the record. It was a great critical success, and it was a line-in-the-dirt artistic moment of reconnecting with my true self, a piece of myself that I had hidden away years before, to go exploring. From that moment forward, I realized that there’s a different way to live a life as a musical citizen.
“From the Superlatives’ first rehearsal, I knew this was the band of a lifetime,” Stuart says. “I knew this was my Buckaroos, my Strangers, my Texas Troubadours – my legacy band.”
Tickets for Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives start at $32 and are available online at www.pwfaa.org. or by calling the Piney Woods Fine Arts Assoc. office at (936) 544-4276 Mon-Fri from 9:00-1:00.
This show is sponsored by Brookshire Brothers and presented by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association in association with KIVY/KMVL, Houston County Courier, Messenger and KTRE.
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