Thursday, Nov. 1
While Marty Stuart's too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He's played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Tenn., Bakersfield, Calif., and points in between and safeguarded country music's most valuable traditions and physical artifacts, including its 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 honors country's rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th studio album, hits both of these marks. The album is a cinematic tour-de-force with an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.