Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
He’s in the Country Music Hall of Fame, has five Grammys, one platinum album and five gold and boasts six Top Ten hits. He has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, is a Grand Ole Opry star and hosts an annual Late-Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium, an event that kicks off the CMA Music Festival. With all of that, it’s not nearly the sum of Marty Stuart’s extraordinary life and career.
John Marty Stuart, a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, made his first professional appearance at 12. Discovered by Lester Flatt, he made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at 13, and by the time he was 21, he was a member of Johnny Cash’s band. He became the Man in Black’s best friend. Marty Stuart is well aware of the gifts he’s been given and he takes the history of country music very seriously. “Lester Flatt saw something in me and gave me his wisdom, wit and music,” he said. “Johnny Cash was my best friend. But all of that doesn’t come for free. The job is to pass it along. That’s the way it’s supposed to be in country music.”
In addition to being a legendary singer, musician and songwriter, Stuart has become the archivist of country music. He has amassed a collection of more than 20,000 artifacts, including Merle Haggard’s 1970 Martin S000-45 guitar and Johnny Cash’s 1937 Martin D-45, Patsy Cline’s dress, Hank Williams’ shirt, Lefty Frizzell’s boot, and Dottie West’s rhinestone slippers. The memorabilia will be housed in The Congress of Country Music, which he is building in his Philadelphia, Mississippi, hometown. For documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who sits on the organization’s advisory board and spoke to Stuart for his documentary on country music, Marty Stuart has a special place in the genre’s history. “If country music had a president, it would be Marty Stuart,” he has said. “He is the embodiment of the culture. His Congress of Country Music is to be his presidential library. It’s a place where all generations will come to study and be inspired.”
When it comes to transforming country songs into tangible experience, Stuart has a secret weapon: the Fabulous Superlatives. Made up of guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs, the Superlatives are an extension of Stuart himself. “The Superlatives are missionaries, they’re fighting partners,” he said. “They’re my Buckaroos, my Tennessee Three, my Strangers. They’re my legacy band and have been since day one.”
Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Marty Stuart has spent more than four decades celebrating American roots music. He continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. He has safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts.
For preserving the past and looking to the future, Marty Stuart is country music.
A $1.00 charity fee is to be added to all ticket prices to The Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music (501-C3) separate from but in addition to the settlement.
"BIG CHIEF VIP PACKAGE SPECIAL" – $200 VIP Package Ticket Add On
- Admission to a private pre-show event at the venue featuring a two-song performance by Marty and the Superlatives, along with a Q&A Storytelling session with Marty and Band.
- One VIP Laminate and Lanyard.
- Crowd Free Merchandise Shopping
- One 8X10 Personalized Photo
VIP Experience will begin approximately one hour prior to doors.