Country music maestro Marty Stuart has stories to tell.
Buying his first Fender with money he earned from mowing lawns in Mississippi. How he's joined with the likes of BB King, Steve Earle and the Staple Singers for memorable duets. And then there’s the time he joined Johnny Cash’s backing band—just a few years before he became the Man in Black's son-in-law.
Yes, the former president of the Country Music Foundation has enjoyed a career intersecting some of his genre’s greatest voices. But for the Grammy-winning Stuart—set to play with His Fabulous Superlatives at 8 p.m. April 20 inside the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) —his association with country legends isn’t the whole of his story. It’s merely the bold-faced by-product of his own decades of solo and collaborative flights into the honky tonk, rockabilly and traditional corners of country music.
This year’s “Way Out West” is a testament to this journey. Produced by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, the release’s material weaves seamlessly from roadhouse ballads to gunslinger requiems to the brand of rhinestone-accented surf rock perfected by Toronto’s Sadies. It’s the type of material that could only be delivered by a talented voice who’s seen a thing or two aside artists who have seen it all. And thankfully for those who’ll stuff into the intimate confines of the Tralf, this musician is certainly Stuart.
Reserved seating is $30, standing room spots are $20 (box office, Ticketmaster).