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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2006 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Marty Stuart, which he submitted to this site on Monday 30 January 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Marty Stuart who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Monday 30 January 2006.
'Gene Watson is as authentic as Texas rain, and is a true master of the country song'.
Thank you, Marty Stuart, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Marty Stuart...
Marty Stuart was born John Marty Stuart in Philadelphia, Mississippi on Tuesday 30 September 1958. He has become renowned for both his traditional style and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk and traditional country music.
Marty Stuart is also known for wearing rhinestone-studded Nudie suits onstage, but after the passing of his friend and former father-in-law Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003), he now wears black in his honour.
Marty Stuart has, since an early age, been obsessed with country music; he was so obsessed in fact, that he taught himself how to play the guitar and mandolin. When he was twelve years old, Marty Stuart started performing with the bluegrass group The Sullivans.
He later met Lester Flatt band-member Roland White who invited Marty to play with him and the Nashville Grass at the Labor Day gig in Delaware in 1972. After this, White asked him to join the band permanently and Marty accepted. Marty stayed with Lester Flatt up until Flatt broke up the band in 1978 due to Flatt's failing health.
In 1979, Lester Flatt passed away, so Marty pushed forward and worked with fiddler Vassar Clements. He also worked with guitarist Doc Watson.
In 1980, Marty Start joined Johnny Cash's backing band. The previous year, Stuart had seen the release of his first solo album, 'With a Little Help From My Friends', which was released on Ridge Runner Records.
Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) recorded Marty Stuart's 'Hey Hey Train' and included the track on 'Baron' (Columbia Records, 1981).
In 1982, Marty Stuart saw the release of his second album, 'Busy Bee Cafe' (Sugar Hill Records, 1982), which was released on Sugar Hill Records. Both albums, 'With a Little Help From My Friends' (Ridge Runner Records, 1980) and 'Busy Bee Cafe' (Sugar Hill Records, 1982), were strongly bluegrass albums, but they failed to garner any success for Marty.
In 1983, Marty Stuart married Cindy Cash, Johnny Cash's daughter, and in 1985 he left Cash's band to pursue a solo career.
Marty Stuart immediately landed a recording contract with Columbia Records and saw the release of a self-titled album, 'Marty Stuart' (Columbia Records, 1986), in 1986. 'Marty Stuart' (Columbia Records, 1986) didn't sell; Marty recorded a follow-up album, 'Let There be Country' (Columbia Records, 1987), in 1987, also on Columbia Records.
In 1987, Marty Stuart was a special vocal guest, along with Butch Baker, Steve Earle, Highway 101, Dana McVicker, Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) and T. Graham Brown, on the track 'Young Country', which was included on Hank Williams Junior's 'Born To Boogie' (Warner Bros. Records, 1987).
Marty Stuart's marriage to Cindy Cash ended in divorce in 1988, which led to Stuart's return home to Mississippi. Roland White invited Stuart to rejoin his band as their fiddler and this helped Marty Stuart build his confidence to try again at becoming a singer.
In 1989, Marty Stuart soon returned to Nashville where he landed a deal with MCA Records; his first album on the label, 'Hillbilly Rock' (MCA Records, 1989), was released that year. In 1990, he finally made it big with the album, when two of his songs from 'Hillbilly Rock' became Billboard country music hits; the title track was his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard country music singles chart, while 'Western Girls' just broke the Billboard Top 20.
In 1991, Marty Stuart saw the release of 'Tempted' (MCA Records, 1991), the title track of which became Marty's first Billboard Top 5 country music hit.
In 1991, Marty Stuart co-wrote 'The Whiskey Ain't Working' with Travis Tritt; this track was included on Travis Tritt's 1991 album 'It's All About to Change' and became Marty's biggest hit.
Mark Collie recorded Marty Stuart's 'When The Sun Goes Down' (co-written with Mark Collie) and included the track on 'Born And Raised In Black And White' (MCA Records, 1991).
George Strait recorded Marty Stuart's 'You're Right, I'm Wrong' (co-written with Wayne Perry) and included the track on 'Holding My Own' (MCA Records, 1992).
In 1992, Marty Stuart saw the release of 'This One's Gonna Hurt You' (MCA Records, 1992). The album's title track, a duet with Travis Tritt, was released as a single and became another Billboard Top Ten hit for Marty Stuart. 'This One's Gonna Hurt You' became Marty Stuart's first gold album.
Wynonna recorded Marty Stuart's 'A Little Bit Of Love (Goes A Long, Long Way)' (co-written with Kostas) and included the track on 'Wynonna' (MCA/Curb Records, 1992).
In 1994, Marty Stuart saw the release of 'Love And Luck' (MCA Records, 1994); the album yielded three singles, but only one, 'Kiss Me, I'm Gone', made the Billboard country music Top 40 chart.
Rick Trevino recorded Marty Stuart's 'Honky Tonk Crowd' and included the track on 'Rick Trevino' (Columbia Records, 1994); the track reached No.35 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 1994.
Rick Trevino recorded Marty Stuart's 'It Only Hurts When I Laugh' (co-written with Kostas) and included the track on 'Rick Trevino' (Columbia Records, 1994).
Marty Stuart's record sales began to slip and led to MCA Records releasing 'The Marty Party Hit Pack', a compilation album, in 1995.
Wade Hayes recorded Marty Stuart's 'I Still Do' (co-written with Chick Rains) and included the track on 'On A Good Night' (Columbia Records, 1996).
Travis Tritt recorded Marty Stuart's 'Draggin' My Heart Around' (co-written with Paul Overstreet) and included the track on 'The Restless Kind' (Warner Bros. Records, 1996).
On Tuesday 8 July 1997, Marty Stuart married legendary country music artist Connie Smith.
Clint Black recorded Marty Stuart's 'Still Holding On' (co-written with Matraca Berg and Clint Black) and included the track on 'Nothin' But The Taillights' (RCA Records, 1997); the track was a duet with Martina McBride and reached No.11 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 1997.
John Anderson recorded Marty Stuart's 'Takin' The Country Back' (co-written with Curtis Wright) and included the track on 'Takin' The Country Back' (Mercury Records, 1997).
Martina McBride recorded Marty Stuart's 'Still Holdin' On' (co-written with Matraca Berg and Clint Black) and included the track on 'Evolution' (RCA Records, 1997); the track was a duet with Clint Black and reached No.11 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 1997.
Gary Allan recorded Marty Stuart's 'Don't Leave Her Lonely Too Long' (co-written with Kostas) and included the track on 'It Would Be You' (Decca Records, 1999).
In 1998, Marty Stuart helped produce Connie Smith's comeback album 'Connie Smith' (Warner Bros. Records, 1998); Marty Stuart co-wrote eight out of the ten songs on the album.
In 1999, Marty Stuart saw the release of 'The Pilgrim' (MCA Records, 1999), another unsuccessful album chart-wise. Marty Stuart left MCA Records in 2000 and signed with Sony Music and saw the release of a new album, 'Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives' (Sony Music, 2000).
Charlie Shearer recorded Marty Stuart's 'At The Feet Of God' (co-written with Jerry Sullivan) and included the track on 'Breakin' Out' (Universal Sound Records, 2000).
Patty Loveless recorded Marty Stuart's 'Draggin' My Heart Around' (co-written with Paul Kennerley) and included the track on 'On Your Way Home' (Epic Records, 2003).
In 2005, Marty Stuart launched a custom record label, Superlatone Records, in order to issue overlooked southern gospel and roots music recordings. Marty Stuart released three critically acclaimed collections on Superlatone Records; 'Souls' Chapel' (Superlatone Records/Universal South, 2005), 'Badlands' (Superlatone Records/Universal South, 2005) and 'Live at the Ryman' (Superlatone Records/Universal South, 2006).
In October 2005, Marty Stuart released a concept album, 'Badlands: Ballads Of The Lakota', which paid tribute to the Sioux culture in what is now South Dakota.
In 2007, Marty Stuart's collection of music memorabilia and photography was exhibited at the Tennessee State Museum under the banner 'Sparkle And Twang: Marty Stuart's American Musical Odyssey'.
It was also in 2007 that Marty Stuart produced 'Wagonmaster' (Epitaph Records, 2007) for Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007), the country music legend's debut album for the predominantly punk label Epitaph Records.
On Tuesday 2 October 2007, Merle Haggard saw the release of 'The Bluegrass Sessions' (McCoury Music Records, 2007), the majority of which was recorded 'live' in the studio in one day, with very little overdubbing. Guests on the album included Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart and dobro virtuso Rob Ickes.
Merle Haggard's 'The Bluegrass Sessions' (McCoury Music Records, 2007) included the following tracks:
'Runaway Momma' (written by Merle Haggard)
'Pray' (written by Merle Haggard)
'What Happened?' (written by Merle Haggard)
'Jimmie Rodgers Blues' (written by Merle Haggard)
'Learning To Live With Myself' (written by Merle Haggard)
'Mama's Hungry Eyes' (written by Merle Haggard) / this track features Alison Krauss
'I Wonder Where To Find You' (written by Merle Haggard)
'Holding Things Together' (written by Merle Haggard)
'Big City' (written by Merle Haggard and Dean Holloway)
'Momma's Prayers' (written by Merle Haggard)
'Wouldn't That Be Something' (written by Merle Haggard and Freddy Powers)
'Blues Stay Away From Me' (written by Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore, Henry Glover and Wayne Raney)
Connie Smith recorded Marty Stuart's 'A World Without You' (co-written with Connie Smith); the track was included on Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives' 'Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)' (Superlatone Records, 2008).
Connie Smith recorded Marty Stuart's 'I Run To You' (co-written with Connie Smith); the track, which was a duet with Marty Stuart, was included on Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives' 'Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions)' (Superlatone Records, 2008).