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Album Review

Marty Stuart's Country Music is not, as some have said, a radical departure from his already eclectic body of work. As to whether it's "the album of his life," is also up for debate, since he doesn't sound here like he's slowing down. Stuart has given us one of the most consistent catalogues in the country genre since 1980, and has few peers in terms of quality — George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, and a few others are in his league. This is his first full-on country-rock record and, teamed with grand master engineer/producer Justin Niebank (Widespread Panic, the Subdudes, etc.), Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives turn old nuggets such as "A Satisfied Mind" and Johnny Cash's "Walls of a Prison" (the tracks which open and close the album, respectively) into wooly country-rockers with killer three- and four-part harmonies and burning guitars, Hammond B3s, mandolins, pedal-steel guitars, and rocking drums. On the other hand, newer songs by the performer and a handful of others are already revved up and cut to fly. This is a rock & roll record cut from the man vein of honky tonk country, and the country that it comes from is pure. Listen to "Farmer's Blues," a sweet, slow, two-step drenched in pedal steel with a duet vocal by Merle Haggard, or the burning-down blues-rock with dobro and banjo of "Tip Your Hat" with Uncle Josh Graves and Earl Scruggs. But even straight-up rockers such as "Sundown in Nashville," "By George" (which has dumb lyrics but still kicks ass), "Wishful Thinkin'," and "Too Much Month" feel as if they could have been played by a rowdier version of Rockpile, while the mid-tempo tracks ("Fool for Love," "Here I Am," "If You Wanted Me Around") only serve to underscore the influences of Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe. Ultimately, this album is relentless in both its attack and in the pleasure it provides to the listener. There are hot licks everywhere, with great songs, vocals, and a tapestry of moods, textures, and shades that serve to leave one impression: Stuart's radical experimentation of the last ten years has resulted in his finest moment thus far. He offers a prolonged look at how inseparable country and rock & roll are from one another.

Customer Reviews

Ultimate Wedding Engagement Song

Here I am is the Ultimate song for a engagement/wedding song. ( My husband used it 4 years ago ) It needs to be released as a Single and would go thru the ROOF. " Dreamed about you last night baby... (what woman does NOT want to be in her mans dreams ) " I ain't afraid to say forever, Baby here I am " How many men this day and time ARE afraid of "forever" so here is the man of your dreams, on one knee, saying HERE I AM. The ONLY error in this song is when Marty says he don't look much like Prince Charming and we ALL know better than that. He is GORGEOUS! Play it, Buy it.. Call the radio stations and request it over and over and over again.

Great song "Farmers Blues"

But what happened to Merle Haggard singing songs for Obama and totally abandoning the working man it p**ses me off when I'm a farmer myself.

Some really good, some not so much

If not for my country leanings, might rate this higher. Really enjoyed Farmer's Blues (w/Merle Haggard) & Here I Am. Reviewer called Farmer's Blues a two-step? It's a waltz!


Born: September 30, 1958 in Philadelphia, MS

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of country's most historically minded new traditionalists, Marty Stuart was also one of the most eclectic, moving between honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country, and bluegrass. He was also one of the more flamboyant showmen, supporting his party-hearty image with a wardrobe of rhinestone-laden Nudie suits. Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1958 and grew up obsessed with country music. He learned guitar and mandolin as a child and by age 12 was performing with...
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