The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum proudly welcomes country music torchbearer Marty Stuart as its 2019 artist-in-residence. Stuart will preside over the Museum’s CMA Theater stage on September 11th, 18th, and 25th, both curating and performing at three one-of-a-kind shows.
A five-time Grammy winner and recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance, Marty Stuart began his musical career at 12 when he joined the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers. After stints with bluegrass great Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass and Johnny Cash’s backing band, he embarked on a solo career that resulted in hits including “Hillbilly Rock” and “Tempted.”
In the early 2000s, Stuart formed the Fabulous Superlatives, a band whose musical skills and sensibilities echo the vibrancy of their Western suits. The Superlatives issued their latest album, the critically acclaimed Way Out West, in 2017.
A renowned collector, Stuart is currently developing The Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The facility will house a performing arts center as well as Stuart’s extensive collection of country music artifacts and memorabilia.
“Marty Stuart has made country music his life’s work. For nearly 50 years, he’s preserved its history, photographed its legends, and performed its music with integrity,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Marty has been an integral part of so many significant events here at the Museum, and his residency promises to deliver more historic moments.”
THREE UNPRECEDENTED EVENINGS
September 11, 2019
Marty Stuart will celebrate the rerelease of his landmark 10th studio album The Pilgrim during the September 11 show. The Pilgrim, which showcases Stuart’s songwriting and instrumental talents, tells the story of a man from Stuart's hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. He will celebrate this 20-year milestone with a host of musical guests.
September 18, 2019
The 1960s introduced us to undeniable superstars and gave us unforgettable songs. Join Stuart for an evening celebrating country music of the 1960s, featuring a line-up of influential artists and musicians from one of the most important periods of country music history.
Songs That Tell a Story:
September 25, 2019
Harlan Howard famously referred to country music as “three chords and the truth.” On September 25, Stuart will pay homage to country music’s musical stories with an acoustic show. This line-up will feature a number of Nashville’s most influential and revered storytellers.
ABOUT THE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE SERIES
The Museum established its annual artist residency in 2003, with a goal of honoring musical masters who have contributed a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. In 2019, Stuart joins a fittingly prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, and 2018 artist-in-residence Miranda Lambert.
Each artist-in-residence is invited to use the Museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences.
The Museum’s 2019 Artist-in-Residence series is supported by: