Five time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart will release a double record 'Saturday Night & Sunday Morning' on September 30 (Superlatone). Conceived as two albums, the first disc 'Saturday Night / Rough Around the Edges' captures the energy of a raucous, hard-hitting night of country music while the gospel-laden and harmony-rich second disc 'Sunday Morning / Cathedral,' the follow-up to 2005's ‘Souls’ Chapel,' channels the fervent and solemn spirit of a Southern Sunday morning.
Produced by Stuart and featuring his longtime band the Fabulous Superlatives -- including guitarist Kenny Vaughan, bassist Paul Martin and drummer Harry Stinson -- 'Saturday Night & Sunday Morning' features more than a dozen original compositions ranging from Stuart's signature hillbilly rock to ballads and hymns (tracklist below). The set also features Marty's takes on traditional songs such as Hank Williams' "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome," the Stalter Brothers' "Firing Line," and George Jones' "Old Old House." The Staple Singers join Stuart to open 'Sunday Morning' with a stunning, lush rendition of their 1956 hit "Uncloudy Day." Stuart recorded the song with Pops Staples' telecaster and described the Staples singing on the track as "haunting," like "ghosts singing in a cotton field."
Talking about 'Saturday Night & Sunday Morning,' Stuart says, "A few years ago, I rededicated myself to traditional country music. We [Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives] spent some time in RCA Studios in Nashville, where so much of modern country was created, and we worked to imitate that style of production and songwriting."
The album's first single and subtitle of 'Saturday Morning,' "Rough Around The Edges," is autobiographical. Quoting the opening stanza Stuart says, "I woke up this morning, with miles of life behind me, my friends worry, because they don't know where to find me. Once again, I beg forgiveness for another lost night in my soul, some bad got a hold on me and it just won't let me go -- that was my life from 1987 to about ten years ago [laughs], it was a hard-living honky-tonk musician lifestyle."
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The new album arrives on the heels of 'American Ballads: The photographs of Marty Stuart,' a brand new exhibit of Stuart's photography at Nashville's Frist Center for The Visual Arts. The exhibit features more than 60 photos from three bodies of Stuart's work, documenting the people and places he has encountered on tour over the past four decades - "The Masters" of country music, the "Blue Line Hotshots" on America's backroads, and the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and other locations in South Dakota's "Badlands." The collection will be published as a hardcover book of the same title through the Vanderbuilt University Press on July 4.
The Frist exhibit is the first of four museum programs Marty will participate in this year. On June 29, he will perform a concert as part of a week long festival at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives will perform October 3 at The Sheldon in St. Louis, MO to open a three month exhibit of Marty's photography and collection called “The Art of Country Music — Photographs and Memorabilia." Lastly, Marty and The Fabulous Superlatives will perform alongside Steve Miller on October 6th at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin.
Marty Stuart and & his Fabulous Superlatives continue to tour in 2014, with dates scheduled across the United States and Canada this summer (full tour dates here). Stuart will once again host his Late Night Jam at The Ryman on June 4th to kick off this year's CMA Music Festival, guests include Sam Moore, Travis Tritt and Connie Smith and many more.
Saturday Night & Sunday Morning Tracklist:
Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart, 54, has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary's zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the '70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash's band during the '80s and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the '90s.
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