New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Country Legend Marty Stuart

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Marty Stuart What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

When country music legend Marty Stuart went record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood he couldn't help but run into himself. Whether he found records that he had played on, or records by people he had played with, Stuart found his visit to be a trip down memory lane. Playing professionally from a very early age, he had many an anecdote about the personal significance of each record chosen. Take, for example, The Fabulous Johnny Cash and Flatt and Scruggs' Greatest Hits, the first two records Stuart ever owned. "The crazy part about it," he says, "was the only two jobs that I ever had in my life was with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash." Now that's something most of us can't claim.

Marty Stuart blends traditional country, rockabilly, and honky tonk sounds to create his own unique style. After teaching himself to play the guitar and mandolin at a young age, he began performing with the bluegrass group The Sullivan Family when he was just twelve-years-old. When he was thirteen, he signed on to perform with Lester Flatt, thanks to a meeting with Flatt's bandmate Roland White. Stuart went on to perform with Vassar Clements, Doc Watson, and Johnny Cash, whose backing band he joined in 1980. He left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career, eventually signing with Columbia Records and releasing a self-titled debut that garnered him a Top 20 country single via the track "Arlene."

Marty Stuart Way Out WestIn 1989, Stuart signed to MCA and released his first truly commercially successful LP, Hillbilly Rock. The album yielded two country chart-toppers for Stuart: the title track, which was his first Top Ten hit, and "Western Girls," which made the Top Twenty. He would break into the Top Five with the title track from his 1991 album Tempted but his biggest hit was yet to come. "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," a duet with Travis Tritt for Tritt's LP It's All About to Change, was a game changer. The duo paired up again for Stuart's 1992 LP This One's Gonna Hurt You, which would become his first gold record. Since his early success, Stuart has continued to release acclaimed albums, racking up a score of Grammys, Country Music Association Awards, and International Bluegrass Music Awards. In 2017, he took home the Duo/Group of the Year award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards for his most recent release, Way Out West, recorded under the name Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives.

In addition to finding records by his musical mentors, Marty Stuart picked up The Essential Connie Smith, a compilation of the country legend's greatest hits, who, it should be pointed out, is also Stuart's wife. Stuart recounted the story of being a young teenager with a crush on the singer, taking a picture with her at the Choctaw Fairgrounds, and deciding that one day he'd marry her. Another meaningful selection for Stuart was the first album he ever recorded on, Lester Flatt's Country Boy, featuring "Feudin' Banjos," which had just recently become popular after being featured in the film Deliverance. Stuart also had a lot to say about The Byrds and grabbed a copy of Byrdmaniax. "When I hear The Byrds come out of my speakers...I become a little kid again," he told us. "I could close my eyes and see palm trees, and the Hollywood sign, and the blue skies out here," he continued, "their music had the power to transport me from my bedroom in Mississippi to California, way before I ever got here."

But if he could only take one record to heaven, which one would he choose? You'll have to watch the "What's In My Bag?" episode below to find out!

Marty Stuart - What's In My Bag?
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