With musical legends such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard all passed on, country-music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.
While Stuart himself may be too gracious to admit it, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He has played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him and has been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield, and points in between. He safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts, including its literal shoes: Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.
But, most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his eighteenth studio album, hits both of those marks. Produced by Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), the album is a cinematic tour de force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.