If you were to give country music an address, you might say it's at the
corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from the blues and folk, and
just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock 'n' roll. And on a
deeper emotional and spiritual level, it resides where Saturday night
meets Sunday morning.
No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over
forty years, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer,
songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy
at this very crossroads. On his latest release with his band The
Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday
Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues
of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family
and God – in twenty-three tracks.
“I've always thought that country music had a really unique relationship
with gospel music,” Stuart says. “It is interesting to me that country
stars can sing drinking and cheating songs authentically, then at some
point during the evening or the broadcast, take their hats off and say,
'Friends, here's our gospel song.' If it’s the right messenger it
seamlessly flows. That's a time-honored tradition, from Jimmie Rodgers
to Hank Williams to Johnny Cash. Rogue prophets and rogue preachers.
That is my world.
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