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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Roll Out Another Country Gem

Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 18:05

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down
(Superlatone/Sugar Hill)
Grade: A

Since he teamed up in 2001 with the Fabulous Superlatives – guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, bassist Paul Martin – Marty Stuart has been making the best music of his career, even if the onetime "Hillbilly Rock" champion is no longer having hits as he did in the '90s. He continues on that roll here.

As Stuart puts it in the liner notes, "Today the most outlaw thing you can possibly do in Nashville, Tennessee, is play country music." Okay, that's a bit of hyperbole but make no mistake: This is country music, no holds barred, from the propulsive twang of the title track to the aching balladry of "A Matter of Time" and the hot picking of the instrumental "Hollywood Boogie." And the material matches the excellence of the music. Stuart wrote seven of the 10 numbers, augmented by the cautionary tale "Sundown at Nashville," the honky-tonk lament "Holding on to Nothing," and Hank Williams' "Pictures From Life's Other Side," on which the always history-minded Stuart duets with Hank III.


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