MARTY STUART ANNOUNCES WEST COAST HEADLINING TOUR DATES
WAY OUT WEST OUT NOW ON SUPERLATONE
Five time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart today announces the West Coast leg of his headlining US tour in support of Way Out West, his 18th studio album. The new dates include stops in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Portland (full dates below, with additional dates to be announced). Tickets for this tour are on sale now and can be found here. Ticket holders can also enter for the chance to meet Marty at a private meet and greet before each show here.
Marty Stuart released Way Out West on Superlatone on March 10th. The album was conceived as a love letter to the promised land of California by one of Country music’s living legends, who has played with everyone from Johnny Cash to Lester Flatt. NPR Music proclaims: “Way Out West is Marty Stuart’s album-length paean to the myth and magic of the American West. It finds country’s stalwart neo-traditionalist turning cosmic cowboy for a journey through the Joshua trees, shadowy canyons and desert dreams that tantalize travelers with the promise of a golden shore on the other side.” Way Out West is available on CD, vinyl, and digitally here.
Marty Stuartshared his new music video for “Torpedo,” a rollicking instrumental track off Way Out West, via Guitar World. The video strings together behind-the-scenes photos taken during the creation of Way Out West, and provides a glimpse into Stuart’s studio process. Watch the video for “Torpedo” here. Marty Stuart also premiered the video for his new single, “Way Out West,” on Billboard. The video follows a trip, in more than one sense of the word, through the Mojave Desert as narrated by Stuart, and captures his fascination with the American West. Read Billboard’s interview with Marty Stuart, and watch his new video for “Way Out West” here. The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE will present Marty Stuart’s Way Out West, a new exhibit opening May 25, 2017, featuring artifacts celebrating the personal collection of Marty Stuart. Click here to see a video of Marty Stuart making the announcement backstage at the GRAMMY Museum.
Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and featuring the Fabulous Superlatives –guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs– Marty’s longtime band, which NPR Music said could “melt your heart with four-part harmonies, rock your bones with honky tonk, and dazzle you with picking worthy of their name,” Way Out West is a cinematic tour-de-force.
Growing up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart was taken by the mystique of the Golden State: the culture, the movies and especially the music. “Everything that came out of California captivated my kid mind in Mississippi,” says Stuart. As such, the album could only be recorded in California, and Way Out West was tracked between the famed Capitol Records, which birthed iconic albums like the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the country-rock of Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman, and producer Mike Campbell’s M.C. Studio, where much of the early Heartbreakers music was recorded. Said Campbell about producing Stuart’s new record: “Working with Marty and the Superlatives was a blast, and it was fast! My role was easy, just set up the sound and let them play. Great guitars, great grooves, great vocals, they just have it all. This record is one of my favorite things I have ever been involved with.”
Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Americana Music Association, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, photographer, musician, and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the ’70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band in the ’80s, and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the ’90s. Stuart hosts a Late Night Jam at The Ryman, a yearly tradition which kicks off the CMA Music Festival, with recent guests including Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neko Case, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Dan Auerbach and many more.
Way Out West Tracklist:
Desert Prayer- Part I
3. Lost On The Desert
4. Way Out West
5. El Fantasma Del Toro
6. Old Mexico
7. Time Don’t Wait
9. Air Mail Special
11. Please Don’t Say Goodbye
12. Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)
13. Desert Prayer – Part II
14. Wait For The Morning
15. Way Out West (Reprise)
Marty Stuart Tour Dates- http://www.martystuart.net/events
March 28 /// McMinville , TN /// Bluegrass Underground
April 6 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Hifi
April 7 /// Milwaukee, WI /// The Raver Bar
April 8 /// Louisville, KY /// Headliners
April 9 /// Chicago, IL /// Thalia Hall
April 11 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Fine Line
April 19 /// Cleveland, OH /// Beachland Ballroom
April 20 /// Buffalo, NY /// The Tralf Music Hall
April 22 /// Stafford Springs, CT /// Palace Theatre
April 23 /// Phoenixville, PA /// Colonial Theatre
April 25 /// Cambridge, MA /// The Sinclair
April 26 /// New York, NY /// Bowery Ballroom
April 28 /// Mt Tabor, NJ /// At The Tabernacle
April 29 /// Alexandria, VA /// The Birchmere
April 30 /// Wilkesboro, NC /// Merlefest
May 3 /// Charleston, SC /// Charleston Music Hall
May 4 /// Orlando, FL /// The Social
May 5/// Birmingham, AL /// The Lyric
May 6 /// Knoxville, TN /// The Bijou Theatre
May 11 /// St Louis, MO /// Off Broadway
May 12 /// Kansas City, MO /// Folly Theatre
May 13 /// Denver, CO /// Oriental Theater
May 15 /// Berkeley, CA /// Freight & Salvage
May 16 /// Anaheim, CA /// House of Blues
May 17 /// Solana Beach, CA /// Belly Up Tavern
May 18 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Largo at the Coronet
May 20 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The State Room
May 21 /// Boise, ID /// Knitting Factory
May 22 /// Seattle, WA /// The Triple Door
May 23 /// Portland, OR /// Star Theater
May 28 /// Cumberland, MD /// DelFest
June 7 /// Nashville, TN /// Late Night Jam @ Ryman Auditorium
June 17 /// Hunter Mountain, NY /// Mountain Jam
June 18 /// Brownefield, ME /// Stone Mountain Arts Center
June 23 /// Bremen, GA /// Mill Theatre
July 30 /// Floyd, VA /// FloydFest
August 13 /// Regina, Sk /// Regina Folk Festival
September 22 /// Berryville, VA /// Historic Watermelon Park Fest
(More Dates To Be Announced)
Marty Stuart on the web:
Official Website – www.martystuart.net
Facebook – www.facebook.com/martystuarthq
Twitter – www.twitter.com/martystuarthq
YouTube – www.youtube.com/martystuartofficial
With legends like 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 he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and 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, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th 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.
Opening with a Native American prayer, a nod to Stuart’s affinity for the indigenous people, particularly the Lakota, Way Out West transports the listener to the lonely but magical American West. It is, in its own way, musical peyote.
“If you go and sit by yourself in the middle of the Mojave Desert at sundown and you’re still the same person the next morning when the sun comes up, I’d be greatly surprised,” says Stuart. “It is that spirit world of the West that enchants me.”
Specifically the promised land of California. Growing up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart was taken by the mystique of the Golden State: the culture, the movies and especially the music. “Everything that came out of California captivated my kid mind in Mississippi,” he says. “It seemed like a fantasy land. Way Out West is a love letter to that.”
As such, the album could only be recorded there, and Stuart, with his longtime backing band the Fabulous Superlatives, decamped for California. They recorded half of the album at Capitol Records and the rest at Campbell’s M.C. Studio, a gritty space with a vibe all its own. Much of the early Heartbreakers music was recorded at Campbell’s and that primal rock & roll energy is palpable throughout Way Out West, reinforced by Capitol’s own rock history: the Hollywood studio birthed iconic records like the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and the country-rock of Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman. Way Out West, with its atmospheric production, evokes those classics, as well as cowboy records like Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and Cash’s The Fabulous Johnny Cash, one of the first albums Stuart ever owned.
“This is a California record, and I knew that when I emerged from the studio at night, I wanted to see palm trees and breathe that desert air,” says Stuart.
Listeners too can feel the warmth of those Santa Ana winds over the album’s 15 tracks, a collection of newly written originals, instrumentals and rare covers like the Benny Goodman-penned “Air Mail Special,” and “Lost on the Desert,” once recorded by Johnny Cash.
“I asked Johnny about that song when I was in his band, and he said the only thing he remembered about it was changing some words,” laughs Stuart. “But Way Out West just as easily could have been titled Lost on the Desert.”
The idea of losing oneself runs through Way Out West, with the title track both a spiritual adventure and a cautionary tale – Stuart wraps up the travel ballad with a spoken aside about his own bad trips with pills.
“I researched that for 30 years,” he jokes, self-deprecatingly. “There’s a lot of truth in that song.”
The rollicking standout “Time Don’t Wait” also offers a warning: to not let life race by. “As the dirt fell through my fingers / the wind it seemed to say / don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can today,” sings Stuart. “That’s just country wisdom. I can’t claim that. But I like when you can talk about the simple things that are around us. That makes country music come to life for me,” he says.
When it comes to transforming country songs into tangible experience, Stuart has a secret weapon: the Fabulous Superlatives. Made up of guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs, the Superlatives are an extension of Stuart himself.
“The Superlatives are missionaries, they’re fighting partners. They’re my Buckaroos, my Tennessee Three, my Strangers. They’re my legacy band and have been since Day One,” says Stuart.
Along with the playing of Mike Campbell, who contributed guitar, B-3 organ and piano, the Fabulous Superlatives are all over Way Out West and ensure that the mystical detours Stuart explores always remain of the moment.
As Stuart himself will tell you, he often ventures off the reservation – in a way, his entire career has been “way out west.” While other artists chased popular trends in the name of radio play, he formed complete bodies of work, not unlike the greats he idolized. Way Out West is just the latest embodiment of that creative mission.
“I would play this record for Hank Williams, Merle Haggard or Ernest Hemingway and never bat an eye,” says Stuart. “There’s something in there that would entertain each of them.”
But Stuart also made Way Out West for those who come after. As he sees it, there is no greater responsibility in music than to share what you’ve learned.
“Lester Flatt saw something in me and gave me his wisdom, wit and music. Johnny Cash was my best friend. But all of that doesn’t come for free. The job is to pass it along,” says Stuart, stretching out his arms. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be in country music.”
With Way Out West, Stuart holds up his end of the deal.