Marty Stuart Releases New Song, Officially Opens the Ellis Theater

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There is new music from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. I repeat, there is new music from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Aside from a few covers Marty released during the pandemic, it’s been a cold and lonely 5-plus years since Marty Stuart has released new music, which came in the form of his last album Way Out West. Now he’s released his first song via his new record label Snakefarm Records, and just like on Way Out West, Marty is keeping it groovy. “Country Star” very much finds that 60s country rock West Coast vibe once again.

“There’s a lot of crazy imagery in this song,” Stuart says. “I’ve always loved songs like ‘Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms,’ ‘Long Journey Home,’ and ‘Salty Dog Blues.’ Those don’t really say much of anything but they feel good and they’re a perfect way to start any show. ‘Country Star’ qualifies as one of those songs. It’s lightly autobiographical and highly danceable and it has a twang factor that’s just exactly right.”

Though the song does not come with any accompanying information about a new album just yet, rest assured, that is in the works. In fact, while touring around Europe recently, Marty Stuart said, “I have three albums in the can – they’ll be out soon.” In August, it was announced that Stuart had signed to Snakefarm Records, which is a European-based label whose parent company is the Universal Music Group.

Marty Stuart is joined on the new song by his fabulous backing band, which consists of “Cousin” Kenny Vaughan on lead guitar, “Handsome” Harry Stinson on drums, and the amazing Chris Scruggs on bass.

Along with the new song, Marty Stuart is finally announcing the opening of the first piece of his long-awaited Congress of Country Music in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. On December 8th, the historic Ellis Theater that has been fully renovated will officially be re-opened to the public with a performance by Marty Stuart, His Fabulous Superlatives, as well as Connie Smith. Over the next few nights, there will also be shows by Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and the Gaither Vocal Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, The North Mississippi Allstars, and Hardy. For more info, visit congressofcountrymusic.org.

Eventually the Ellis Theater will be the performance space for the Congress of Country Music complex where Marty will house his some 20,000 country music artifacts, along with an education center and other facilities.

Meanwhile, we’ll all be cranking the new song, and waiting impatiently for news on a new album.



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