Marty Stuart Biography, Age, Net worth, Singer, Songs, Albums, Tours, Shows, Records, Awards/ Nominations

Marty Stuart Biography

Marty Stuart (John Marty Stuart) is an American country music singer-songwriter born on 30th September 1958 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S. He is best known for both traditional style, and eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. In the early 1990s, he had a string of country hits.

Marty Stuart Age

Marty Stuart was born on September 30, 1958, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States. He is 60 years old as of 2018.

Marty Stuart Height

Marty Stuart stands at a height of 1.7 m.

Marty Stuart Net worth

Marty Stuart earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a country music singer-songwriter. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars.

Marty Stuart Family

Marty Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States to John Stuart (father) and Hilda Stuart (mother). He was raised in Philadelphia, Mississippi whose parents were French, Scottish, English, Choctaw, and Colombian descent.

Marty Stuart Wife

Marty Stuart married Cindy Cash with whom he stayed with from 1983 to 1988 after they divorce. He then married another wife Connie Smith in 1997 with whom he lives in Middle Tennessee with his family.

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Marty Stuart Singer

Marty Stuart started his singing career at an early age of 12, and he began performing with the bluegrass group of Sullivan Family. He later met Lester Flatt band member of Roland White. White invited him to play with him in Nashville Grass at Labor Day gig in Delaware in 1972. After this, White asked him to join his band permanently and he accepted. This made White responsible for the rest of Stuart’s education.

When he was fourteen years old he appeared on the final band fifth season episode of the Hee Haw. He stayed with Lester Flatt until Flatt broke up the band in 1978 due to his failing health. In 1982, he released a second album called Busy Bee Cafe on Sugar Hill Records. In 2000, he performed the voice Reverend in Tom Sawyer. He then left the MCA in 2000, and joined Columbia Records, releasing a new album in 2003; however, this album was credited to “Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives.” The lead single just missed Top 40 status.

In 2005, he launched a custom of records labeled on Super latone Records, to issue the overlooked Southern Gospel and Roots music recordings. Stuart released three critically acclaimed collections on Super latone, Souls’ Chapel, Badlands and Live at the Ryman. In October 2005, he released a concept album, Badlands: Ballads Of The Lakota, which pays tribute to the Sioux culture in what is now South Dakota. In 2007, Stuart produced country legend Porter Wagoner’s debut album on the predominantly punk label Epitaph Records.

His collection of music memorabilia and photography was exhibited at the Tennessee State Museum in 2007 as “Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey.” The “Sparkle & Twang” exhibit later appeared at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, and at the Arkansas Statehouse Museum. In 2018, he co-curated, along with the Grammy Museum, in an exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, entitled “Marty Stuart’s Way Out West: A Country Music Odyssey.”

The exhibit highlighted the West Coast impact on country music, featuring items by artists including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Stuart himself. Many of the items in the exhibit came from the private collection of Stuart, including the last portrait of Cash (taken by Stuart four days before Cash died) Yvonne and Mavis Staples gave one of their father’s, “Pops” Staples, guitars to Marty Stuart after Staples’ death. Mavis Staples explained, his father as “My father was Marty’s godfather. My sisters and I took him to our brother.

He’s the only one that I’ve ever heard playing guitar, he sounds like Pop. He can play just like him.” His guitars include ‘Clarence’, the familiar two-tone Fender Telecaster, once owned by Clarence White. This instrument, either a ’54 or ’56 (different sources) is the original B-Bender guitar, built by White and Gene Parsons around 1967, designed to allow the guitarist to manually raise the guitar’s ‘B’ string one whole step to play pedal steel style licks. He bought his unique guitar in 1980 from White’s widow.

Marty Stuart Records

In 1985, he started recording his songs accompanied by Johnny Cash to Memphis and played on the Class of ’55 album that also featured Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. At the end of his session, Perkins presented him with his guitar. Later that year, and Stuart left Cash’s band and landed a recording contract with Columbia Records.

The following year, he released a self-titled album on the label, which produced a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country charts in the song “Arlene.” He garnered his first cover story in 1986, appearing in a Mid-South magazine article titled “Nashville’s New Hopes.” In his article Vince Gill, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and Lisa Angelle were all involved. Although he had a hit with “Arlene”, the album itself did not sell well.

He recorded a follow-up album, known as Let There Be Country, but Columbia failed to release it after Stuart had a heated discussion with the label head cover and its decision to drop Johnny Cash from the Columbia roster. In 1985, he accompanied Johnny Cash to Memphis and played the Class of ’55 album that featured Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis. At the end of the session Perkins presented him with his guitar.

Later that year, he left the Cash’s band and landed by recording the contract with Columbia Records. The following year, he released a self-titled album on the label, which produced a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country charts in the song “Arlene.” Stuart garnered his first cover story in 1986, appearing in a Mid-South magazine article titled “Nashville’s New Hopes.”

Also in the article were Vince Gill, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and Lisa Angelle. Although he had a hit with “Arlene”, the album itself did not sell well. Stuart recorded a follow-up album, Let There Be Country, but Columbia failed to release it after Stuart had a heated discussion with the label head over its decision to drop Johnny Cash from the Columbia roster.

His marriage to Cindy Cash ended up in divorce in 1988, leading to Stuart’s return home to Mississippi. Roland White invited Stuart to rejoin his band as their fiddler and this helped Stuart build his confidence to try again at becoming a singer. He soon returned to Nashville. Where he landed to a deal with MCA Records in 1989, formerly known as Decca Records. That year, Stuart released his first album on MCA, Hillbilly Rock.

In 1990, he found commercial success with the album, when two songs from Hillbilly Rock became hits. The title track, “Hillbilly Rock,” was his first Top 10 hit on the Country charts. The other song, “Western Girls,” broke the Top 20. The album received positive reviews from critics, who compared Marty’s work to that of country singer Dwight Yoakam. The album featured a cover version of the Johnny Cash hit “Cry! Cry! Cry!.” In 1991, he released another album, Tempted, and the title track became Stuart’s first Top-5 hit.

In 1991, he co-wrote a song with Travis Tritt called “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.” The song was recorded as a duet on Tritt’s 1991 album It’s All About to Change, and became Marty’s biggest hit. In 1992, his former record company, Columbia finally released his album Let There Be Country. That same year, Stuart released the album This One’s Gonna Hurt You on MCA. The album’s title track, a duet with Travis Tritt, was released as a single and became another Top Ten hit for Stuart.

This One’s Gonna Hurt You became Stuart’s first gold album. Between 1991 and 1992, he and Travis went on to the road for No Hats tour, referring his “hat acts,” as it seemed at the time every mainstream country singer was wearing a cowboy hat on stage. Although Stuart built quite a fan following, follow-up success was hard to find. In 1994, he also contributed to the song of “Up Above My Head Blind Bartimus” with Jerry Sullivan and Tammy Sullivan to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot Country produced by the Red Hot Organization.

The release of his 1994 album Love and Luck turned out to be less successful than hoped. Three singles were released from the album, but only one (“Kiss Me, I’m Gone”) made the Top 40. His record sales began to slip. This led to MCA releasing the album The Marty Party Hit Pack in 1995. This also led to a series of “Marty Party” concerts on the Nashville network.  The year 1996 saw the release of another album, Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best. Once again, sales were less than hoped for. Stuart released three singles, with only one reaching the Top 40.

Marty Stuart Shows

Marty Stuart hosted; The Marty Stuart Show which features traditional country music in the vein of The Porter Wagoner Show, Flatt & Scruggs, The Wilburn Brothers Show, and Hee Haw. The Marty Stuart Show began airing at 8:00 p.m. on November 1, 2008. He has his cables of RFD-TV. Although he has no new episodes produced recently, the network continues to air old episodes of the show under the name “The Best of the Marty Stuart Show”.

His episodes feature his music as the band of Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, banjo-picker Leroy Troy, and guests. The show is sponsored by Mississippi Tourism. He hosts and produces the 30-minute episodes, with WSM disc jockey and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs serving as the show’s emcee.

Marty Stuart Country Music Foundation | Band

Marty Stuart is a member of the board of the Country Music Foundation and is a past president. Stuart has also been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992. His music band is known as Nashville Grass

Marty Stuart Songs

  • High on a Mountain Top This One’s Gonna Hurt You · 1992
  • Hey Baby This One’s Gonna Hurt You · 1992
  • Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best · 1996
  • Farmer’s Blues Country Music · 2003
  • That’s What Love’s About Love and Luck · 1994
  • Get Back to the Country Tempted · 1991
  • Arlene Marty Stuart · 1986
  • Too Much Mouth Country Music · 2003
  • Cry Cry Cry Hillbilly Rock · 1989
  • Don’t Leave Her Lonely Too Long Hillbilly Rock · 1989 I’m Blue,
  • I’m LonesomeTempted · 1991
  • Country Boy Rock & Roll
    Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions · 2010
  • Sundown In Nashville
    Country Music · 2003

Marty Stuart Albums

  • Saturday Night/Sund 2014
  • Busy Bee Cafe 1982
  • Let there Be Country 1992
  • Love and Luck 1994
  • Cool Country Favourites 2008
  • Marty Stuart 1986
  • Now That’s Country! Th.. 2017
  • Music of the Wild West 2006
  • Songs of free born Man 2008
  • Free Nawell

Marty Stuart Awards/ Nominations




Nominated Work


1985Academy of Country Music AwardsTop New Male VocalistMarty StuartNominated
1990Country Music Association AwardsVideo of the YearHillbilly RockNominated
1991Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Vocal DuetMarty Stuart and Travis TrittNominated
Grammy AwardsBest Country Collaboration with VocalsThe Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ (with Travis Tritt)Won
Country Music Association AwardsVocal Event of the YearThe One’s Gonna Hurt You (with Travis Tritt)Won
1994Album of the YearAsleep at the Wheel: Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas PlayboysNominated
Rhythm, Country and BluesNominated
Vocal Event of the YearThe Devil Comes Back to Georgia (with Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, Mark O’Connor and Johnny Cash)Nominated
1996Vocal Event of the YearHonky Tonkin’s What I Do Best (with Travis Tritt)Nominated
Academy of Country Music AwardsTop Vocal DuetMarty Stuart and Travis TrittNominated
1998Vocal Event of the YearSame Old Train (with various artists)Won
1999Grammy AwardsBest Country Collaboration with VocalsWon
Country Music Association AwardsVocal Event of the YearNominated
2000Golden Globe AwardsBest Original ScoreAll the Pretty HorsesNominated
2001Grammy AwardsBest Country Instrumental PerformanceFoggy Mountain BreakdownWon
2004International Bluegrass Music AwardsRecorded Event of the YearLivin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin BrothersWon
2005Americana Music Honors & AwardsLifetime Achievement Award for PerformanceMarty StuartWon
2008International Bluegrass Music AwardsRecorded Event of the YearEverett Lilly & Everybody and Their BrotherWon
2011Grammy AwardsBest Country Instrumental PerformanceHummingbyrdWon
Best Country Collaboration with VocalsI Run To You (with Connie Smith)Nominated
2017Americana Music Honors & AwardsDuo/Group of the Year

Marty Stuart Tours | Concerts

  • Sat, 2 Mar 15:00 Stoughton, WI, United States Stoughton Opera House
  • Fri, 15 Mar 19:30 Nashville, IN, United States Brown County Playhouse
  • Sat, 16 Mar Ann Arbor, MI, United States The Ark
  • Wed, 27 Mar 14:00 Nashville, TN, United States
    Ryman Auditorium
  • Thu, 4 Apr 19:00 Alexandria, VA, United States
    The Birchmere
  • Fri, 5 Apr 20:00 Phoenixville, PA, United States
    The Colonial Theatre
  • Sat, 6 Apr 19:00 Haymarket NSW, Australia
    Capitol Theatre
  • Sat, 13 Apr 20:00 Roswell, NM, United States
    Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro
  • Sat, 1 Jun 19:30 Franklin, NC, United States

Why Marty Stuart Wear Scarf

Oh but that hasn’t stopped the questions, the concerns, and sometimes even the accusations concerning Marty’s scarves, and what they might be hiding, literally or figuratively. Did he injure his neck? Is he concealing some big scar? Perhaps he tried to hang himself and is trying to disguise the embarrassing evidence (one of the most ridiculous accusations I’ve seen). Or perhaps he’s a dandy, you know, one of those types of dandies, despite having married Johnny Cash’s daughter once, and currently being married to Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith.

One of the biggest misnomers about Marty’s neckwear is that his scarves are an essential accouterment for him to be able to leave the house when in reality you can find many recent promotional photos of Marty with a naked neck. And lo and behold, there’s no grotesque scars, embarrassing birthmarks, or big hairy moles. Some have said Marty Stuart wears scarves to conceal a neckline that has aged faster than the rest of him, but this certainly doesn’t appear to be the case in his scarf-free pictures. If Marty was a man concerned with concealing his age, why doesn’t he dye his hair?

Furthermore, if you look at promotional photos of Marty from earlier in his career, before the sands of age started carving their cruel lines into his collar, he also wore shirts that many times concealed his neckline. It just sort of seems to be his thing. Okay so now we know Marty has nothing to hide, then what is he trying to say with his scarves? This calls for a simple country music history lesson. From the very beginning of country music, flashy fashion has been at the very heart of the presentation.

From The Maddox Brothers & Rose in the late 30’s who were known as “The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band” from their flashy Western costumes, to legendary designers who became icons all their own through their country finery like Nudie Cohn and Manuel Couture, all the way up to today, the fashion of country music has been a way for performers to show off their personality on stage.

Someone who is at the forefront of preserving all of this textile history in country music is Marty Stuart, who owns a huge collection of country music memorabilia, including Nudie suits and other such costumes from acts like The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, and many others. As country music and Nashville was throwing these vintage styles away throughout the ’80s and ’90s, similar to how they were discarding the legacy of the music itself, Marty Stuart was dashing around town, saving these stylistic expressions from dumpsters and thrift shops, eventually making him one of the most forefront students of country music show clothing that’s still living.

Now, how does the scarf come in? It’s simple. The scarf was a very early standard of country & western fashion. He started playing country music professionally at the ripe age of 14 in Lester Flatt’s bluegrass band. As can be seen in the picture below, he was wearing fluttery neck wear even then, like most everyone was in Flatt’s band. One of the very earliest appearances of Marty Stuart was on The Porter Wagoner Show playing with Lester Flatt. Porter Wagoner regularly wore scarves, cocked to the side similar to how Marty sometimes does.

Many countries and western music artists from that era wore scarves, and the examples are endless. But where did the scarf tradition in country music come from? It was established as part of Western garb by Hollywood, including The Singing Cowboy Gene Autry, who helped establish country music as a commercial enterprise as much as anyone. Another Hollywood cowboy was Roy Rogers, and lo and behold, it’s hard to find a picture of Roy without his scarf. Another Hollywood cowboy was Roy Rogers, and lo and behold, it’s hard to find a picture of Roy without his scarf.

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