No… it isn’t a bluegrass record. From all appearances, it would categorized as traditional country.
But no one can cast aspersions on Stuart’s bluegrass street cred. As a young teen he was playing mandolin with Lester Flatt, and terrorizing all the young girls after every show they played. He had the star turn even then, and has of course gone on to have a fine career in country music.
Speaking about the new CD, Marty reflected on the changes he has seen in the music industry over his lifetime.
“When I first came to Nashville . . . the most outlaw thing you could possibly do around here was to take country music and blow it up into rock & roll. Mission accomplished! Today, the most outlaw thing you can possibly do in Nashville, Tennessee is play country music.”
It seems that this new project has at least a bluegrass sensibility, judging by this video of the title track shot backstage at The Ryman.
And just for fun, here is Marty with Lester on the Porter Wagoner show back in 1973.
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