Sorry folks, but the winners were announced a while ago. Come back, though, because we always seems to have some wonderful stuff to give away to our loyal readers! – Editors
That’s right, we’re giving away TWO copies of Marty Stuart’s critically acclaimed Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions which hit the streets today. (Three sample tracks are included at the bottom of the page.)
Oh, and they’re both signed by Marty Stuart himself.
Drop us a line at Contests[AT]CountryMusicPride.com or leave a comment here. Tell us your favorite Marty Stuart song, album, or moment from the man’s stellar career thus far. Include your email address so we can notify you if you’re one of the two lucky winners. We’ll announce that very soon so enter now!
Recorded at the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville where, at the tender age of 13, he played mandolin and recorded with Lester Flatt, Ghost Train is Stuart’s return to hard-hitting country music. Far from a sentimental look back or a retro-country album, this is a modern-day icon adding to an already impressive musical structure atop the foundation of past masters.
Stuart is well known as a walking encyclopedia of country music’s history, and on Ghost Train he displays his supreme talent in all styles, and his love for this music.
There’s the honky tonk twang of “Little Heartbreaker (The Likes of You)” co-written with the amazing and legendary pedal steel guitarist Ralph Mooney, and electric guitar virtuosity on the instrumental “Hummingbyrd” (Stuart’s guitar was once owned by former Byrd Charlie White), a whipsmart bluegrass mandolin on “Mississippi Railroad Blues” and a heartfelt duet with his wife Connie Smith on “A World Without You.”
Other gems are the Ray Price classic “Crazy Arms” (also co-written by Mooney, who struts his pedal steel skills), “Porter Wagoner’s Grave” (he and the late Wagon Master were close friends), and “Hangman”, which Stuart wrote with Johnny Cash just four days before Cash died.
“I’m always on the prowl for the kinds of recordings that can inspire and potentially make a difference,” Stuart says. “What inspires me now, is traditional country music. It’s the music I most cherish, the culture in which I was raised. It’s the bedrock upon which the empire of country music is built, the empowering force that provides this genre with lasting credibility. It’s beyond trends and it’s timeless. With all that being said, I found traditional country music to be on the verge of extinction. It’s too precious to let slip away. I wanted to attempt to write a new chapter.”
Marty Stuart is just the man to write this new chapter. He penned over four pages in the CD’s liner notes about his experience on a dark and deserted train depot near his boyhood home in Philadelphia, Mississippi back in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast just to the south. His account of seeing his life flash before his eyes will have the hair standing up on the back of your neck. “Just like postcards from the depths of my soul: love, regret, whiskey, cheating, pills, salvation, redemption, divorce, failure, success, rhinestone suits, Cadillacs, Fender telecasters, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, the Grand Ole Opry, Folsom Prison, hearrtaches, Connie Smith, Ira Hayes, My Mama, my Daddy, my sister, the Staple Singers, Jesus Christ, the summer of 1964 . . . cotton and squash on top of Johnny Cash’s casket, Merle Haggard’s phone number . . . .”
And then there’s the music. Oh, you lucky winners, you!
As Stuart says, “somebody yodel!”
Ghost Train track listing:
Branded (Marty Stuart)
Country Boy Rock & Roll (Don Reno)
Drifting Apart (Marty Stuart)
Bridge Washed Out (Warner Mack)
A World Without You (Marty Stuart & Connie Smith)
Hummingbyrd (Marty Stuart)
Hangman (Marty Stuart & Johnny Cash)
Ghost Train Four-Oh-Ten (Marty Stuart)
Hard Working Man (Marty Stuart)
I Run To You (Marty Stuart & Connie Smith)
Crazy Arms (Ralph Mooney & Charles Seals)
Porter Wagoner’s Grave (Marty Stuart)
Little Heartbreaker (The Likes of You) (Marty Stuart & Ralph Mooney)
Mississippi Railroad Blues (Marty Stuart)