Contest Giveaway: Signed Copies of Marty Stuart’s Ghost Train

Contests, Features, Music — By on August 24, 2010 9:08 pm

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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)

Branded by Sugar Hill Records

Hangman by Sugar Hill Records

Hummingbyrd by Sugar Hill Records

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31 Comments

  1. Norman says:

    I would love a copy of the CD Ghost Train, I saw Marty in Nashville in 1993. Been a fan a long time.

  2. Paula says:

    Ole my goodness, I have so many favorites! All of Marty’s songs are great, but if I had to pick just one, it would be…That’s What Loves About. Thanks for the chance to win a great CD from a great artist.

  3. Judy Coffee says:

    I would love to be a winner. I have known Marty since he was 13 playing for Lester Flatt as they used to come to our place of business and do bluegrass festivals! He is friend and try to see him when I can. Last time was in Branson, MO last year.

  4. Toni says:

    I have so many wonderful Marty moments it’s hard to pick just one. Maybe the first time I got to see him in person at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth Texas. The best country music show ever! That was in 1990, and I’ve been a hugh fan ever since. Keep the REAL country coming.

  5. Steve Rogers says:

    Always glad to hear about new stuff from Marty!

  6. Stephen M. Corbin says:

    I can’t wait to purchase a copy of this Album. I knew how great it would be before I ever heard a track of it! Thanks so much Marty for keeping the music alive. My wife and I love your music/writing/talent and everything you do to promote traditional Country music.
    God bless you & your family always.
    Sincerely,
    The Corbin Family

  7. Carolyn Scott says:

    I love Marty Stuart! Have loved his music for years. It’s hard to say which song would be my favorite, but I think it would be close between “Tempted” and “Burn Me Down.” While it would be wonderful to win a copy of “Ghost Train,” I feel like a winner every time I hear Marty sing :-)

    Keep on keepin’ on! Muah!

  8. bob s says:

    I know it’s obscure, but I love when Marty covers the old gospel – my favorite being The Unseen Hand on the Gaither Bluegrass series.

  9. Scott Young says:

    Marty has had many great moments, but one of my favorite memories is the No Hats pay-per-view.

  10. Elizabeth Patton says:

    Alright, so I confess…I have only been a Marty Stuart fan for a season. But lemme tell you, what a season it’s been!
    The man writes about sin, falling from grace, redemption, and true love. And that’s just a start!
    Just saw him this summer at the Grand Ole Opry and my husband and I were blown away by his gift of music and truth. The man cuts to the quick!
    Stuart is not only a great musician, but a great example of the power of love to transform a person’s life.
    Thanks, Marty for your music and thanks to Awaiting for the Flood for the chance to score his new album.
    Stuart is truly one of America’s great treasures.

  11. Lydia A. Ruth says:

    My husband and I see Marty every time he plays within 300 miles of Hartsdale, NY. We have become friends and big fans. After my father-in-law pased away in 2007, Marty sang “High on a Mountaintop” and dedicated it to my husband in memory of Dad. That was special to us in so many ways. Marty is the best and a wonderful person. We will see him 8/30 in NYC. Can’t wait.

  12. Renee Garnett says:

    Being that I’m a Marty Stuart fan from way back I love all his albums and songs. However, if I had to pick a favorite song it would be Branded from his new CD. This new album looks to be one of his best and I’m very glad he is keeping the heritage of country music alive.

  13. David Ringgenberg says:

    Soul Chapel is by far my favorate album but The Pilgrim gets played a lot too. I have been a fan for a long time. One of the best live performances was Marty singing Ring of Fire for a Johnny Cash tribute show.

  14. jim says:

    There’s a lot to like about Marty Stuart, but one of my favorite things is his commitment to preserving the past of country music. I love that he continues to tour with Clarence White’s famous b-bender Telecaster, rather than putting it under glass. Marty produced Porter Wagoner’s last album, which I thought was really classy. And no one pulls off a Nudie suit better than he does!

  15. Terry says:

    Can’t pick just one favorite.
    Marty’s songs are all great.

  16. elaine kelso says:

    I LOVE Marty Stuart, everything he sings is fantastic, the Souls Chapel album is my favourite. My favourite song from this album is “I can’t even walk”. The lyrics are wonderful and it is sung with true feeling!

  17. david wiggins says:

    Favorite Marty lp is The Pilgrim

  18. Bob Adair says:

    Eleven years ago the song “Tempted ” had everything to do with me marrying the love of my life. We were riding around in my pickup and I put in Marty’s tape. When she heard Tempted she started crying and said she was in love with me. We were both going thru the big Divorce at this time. Thanks to that song, I ended up with the love of my life.

  19. Rick says:

    I’d have to say my favorite Marty Stuart song is “Miss Marie & The Bedford Blaze” from the excellent country trucking song compilation album “Rig Rock Deluxe”. Its just a great story song and Marty does a fantastic job performing it.

  20. Rhonda Loyd says:

    I have been a fan of Marty Stuart’s for about 25 years. I have never ever had the chance to go to one of his concerts. Have most of his albums that I have gotten from thrift stores and yard sales. Just listening to the 3 clips above makes me really want this one. All my time is spent between a full time retail job and helping care for invalid parent. Things are tight and Marty’s music soothes my soul when I am at the end of my rope. Thank You Marty for your heart felt music. It’s my salvation during these hard times as is the Lord. God bless you.

  21. Extremely difficult to choose one favorite song, although I guess it would be “High on a Mountaintop”

  22. judy says:

    i love marty’s music and have attended his “late night jam” several times. he always has a great show. my favorite song i “burn me down”

  23. rosie steele says:

    love his songs and it was so awesome to see him in owensboro ky. with loretta lynn several years ago and when marty and connie showed up at loretta ranch a couple of years ago it was really awessome love marty connie and loretta songs

  24. Cole says:

    I loved seeing Marty at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco last year!

  25. joyce spicer says:

    What can I say???? I love his music. He’s a great entertainer and I attend his Marty Party Benefit every year during Fan Fair. A few years ago he had Porter Wagoner on the show and I took a picture of him. Unfortuanately Porter passed away later that year so I framed the picture in a (rinestone frame) very fitting for Porter….and gave it to Marty the following year. Marty was touched and told me I did a beautiful job on the picture….this coming from the gifted photographer himself meant the world to me. He and Connie always stay and sign autographs after every show no matter how long it takes…. and believe me it takes hours….we need more people like him in this world.

  26. Michelle says:

    I am a huge Marty Stuart fan! I go to hos Late Night Jam in Nashville every June! He is the consummate Country Music star and knows people in every facet of the music industry! His band with Cosin Kenny Bone and Handsome Harry,well they are Superlative!

  27. Bob Daniel says:

    I think Marty is one of the best singers,musicians, and entertainers alive today regardless of genre! We were at the Belcourt show amd will say this is definately a “DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW” under any circumstances situation!!! You will not be sorry and bring a friend and turn them on to Marty and this great band.

  28. Jack Ripple says:

    Marty Stuart has provided many hours of pure country listening enjoyment to me over the years – my favorite is “Now That’s Country”. Cheers to Marty, and I hope that I am the lucky winner of the Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions cd.

  29. Eric Sloughter says:

    I could never just chose one of his songs he is the best there ever can be. I know if I am chosen to be a winner it will be The best day of my life knowing that I won something for the best there ever was and ever could be

  30. Jayne Wilson (Aussie Girl) says:

    I love Marty’s Hillbilly Rock and Tempted albums. Just adore rockabilly-inspired tracks as well. I was too young to see Marty when he was Johnny Cash’s guitarist. And from what I gather, he hasn’t been to Australia on a solo tour. Will just have to save up and visit Nashville!

  31. Ginger says:

    Love, love, love Marty and Connie. The album is wonderful in every way. I’m so happy Marty is still out there performing and recording.

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