By Jesse Bertel

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and country music legend, Marty Stuart and his Hall of Fame ensemble are stopping in Prescott on the band’s international tour. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives are performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct 20, at the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., on the Yavapai College Prescott campus.

Stuart has long been revered as one of the most accomplished artists in country music. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Stuart got his start as a 13-year-old mandolin player in Lester Flatt’s band.

“It was a great way to start,” he said. “He was like one of the old master architects of the country music culture and so it was wonderful to ride alongside him and to learn from him.”

By 21, Stuart was working in the studio and on the road with Johnny Cash. “He’s another old hero and a great visionary, a great architect and a treasure, an American legend,” Stuart said. “Every day was like going to school.”

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 bassist Chris Scruggs, the Superlatives are an extension of Stuart.

“It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime band to be part of,” Stuart said. “The Superlatives are one of those bands that audiences remember as, ‘I got to see those characters one time and it was a sight, and it was a sound.’”

Since his solo country hits in the early 1990s, Stuart has mastered every conceivable musical style from gospel to bluegrass to hillbilly rock. With the talented Fabulous Superlatives along for the ride, Stuart celebrates American roots music and lights up the stage with rockabilly, honkytonk, and traditional country music on the Altitude tour.

“I like to think of our music as country that moves you with strong lyrical content,” he said. “I love story-songs.”

On his praised May 2023 release, Altitude, Stuart picks up where he left off five years ago on Way Out West, exploring a cosmic country landscape populated by dreamers and drifters, misfits and angels, honky-tonk heroes and lonesome lovers.

“It’s authentic and it was lived through,” Stuart said. “If you’ve never heard a country record in your life, Altitude would be a good place to start from. If you want to step into the country zone, buy Altitude and go from there.”

For more information about Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, visit martystuart.net.

The Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center Ticket Office is located on Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus and open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and one hour prior to performances. For reservations or more information, call 928-776-2000 or visit www.ycpac.com.

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