Award-Winning Country Music Artist Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives Live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on February 12, 2016

Marty Stuart
December 2, 2015

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (December 2, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that five-time GRAMMY award-winning country music artist Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives will be live in concert on Friday, February 12, 2016. Tickets for Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives will go on sale this Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10 a.m.
If you were to give country music an address, you might say it's at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from the blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock 'n' roll. And on a deeper emotional and spiritual level, it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning. No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over 40 years, the five-time GRAMMY winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in twenty-three tracks! “I've always thought that country music had a really unique relationship with gospel music,” Stuart says. “It is interesting to me that country stars can sing drinking and cheating songs authentically, then at some point during the evening or the broadcast, take their hats off and say, 'Friends, here's our gospel song.' If it’s the right messenger it seamlessly flows. That's a time-honored tradition, from Jimmie Rodgers to Hank Williams to Johnny Cash. Rogue prophets and rogue preachers. That is my world! Another part of my world, while growing up in Mississippi, was listening to our local radio station, WHOC. In the morning, they signed on with country music and farm reports. At noon they played gospel music for an hour. Then afternoon was rock 'n' roll and top 40. Late afternoon was soul. And they signed off with easy listening. It was kind of a reflection of how Mississippi is - the birthplace of America's music. The church house is the common denominator, and every form of music has a touch of the blues. Traditional country touched me the deepest, but all of these other styles were relevant to me.”
Saturday Night & Sunday Morning offers a rousing blend of Stuart originals, classic covers and traditional hymns that throw their arms around the whole history of not only country but modern American music. Kicking off with the revved-up rockabilly rush of “Jailhouse” and “Geraldine,” disc one winds through Stuart’s grand “When It Comes To Loving You” through deeply soulful covers of Charlie Rich's “Life Has Its Little Ups And Downs” and George Jones' “Old Old House” before wrapping up with the positively frantic blues rocket ride of “Streamline.” Disc two trades sawdust for sermons, and goes right to the river with the gorgeous “Uncloudy Day,” featuring not only the legendary Mavis Staples on lead vocals, but Marty playing a guitar that the Staples family bequeathed him that once belonged to Pops Staples. The Fabulous Superlatives shine with their celebratory group harmony singing on standouts like “That Gospel Music,” and “Angels Rock Me to Sleep”, while up-tempo rockers like “Keep On the Firing Line” build the service to a big hands-to-heaven call and response finish with “Cathedral”.
Born in the small town of Philadelphia, Mississippi, Marty Stuart caught the music bug early, displaying prodigious talent on every stringed instrument he picked up. At an age when most kids are running bases in little league, 13-year old Stuart was logging cross-country interstate miles as a mandolinist with the legendary Lester Flatt's road band. In his 20s, Stuart toured with Johnny Cash, and also played with other legends such as Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. By the late 1980s, Stuart was a solo artist. But amidst the hits and hoopla, the bright lights eventually revealed a deeper truth. “I had such a great run, playing butt-wigglin' songs in coliseums, and it was just wearing thin,” Stuart admits. “I remember spinning around one day at Foxwoods, up in Massachusetts, there was a full house, the band was really loud, we were doing good, the crowd was screaming and hollering, and I thought, 'I am not enjoying this music.' And then I told myself, 'Well get back to enjoying it, because you’re on top of the world right now. Platinum records, Grammys, it was all coming. But I did not like the way my legacy was shaping up. So I took the better part of a year to unwind it. I had one record left on my contract with MCA, and I vowed to get back to the music I’ve always loved the most, and let my heart be the chart.” To get some clarity, Stuart consulted his friend and mentor, Johnny Cash. “I went to his house and said, 'J.R., I've got a record in my mind called The Pilgrim. I laid it out to him, and he said, 'Well, just know you're stepping up for rejection.’ I said, 'I understand, but I've got to do this.' He said, 'If you've got to do it, that's all the reason you need.' So I made the record. It was a great critical success, and it was a line-in-the-dirt artistic moment of reconnecting with my true self. From that moment forward, I realized that there's a different way to live a life as a musical citizen.” Stuart knew he didn't want to travel this new path alone, so he recruited fellow musical missionaries Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson and Paul Martin. “From the Superlatives' first rehearsal, I knew this was the band of a lifetime,” Stuart says.
Tickets for Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives will go on sale this Friday, December 4 at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000. VIP packages are available through TicketMaster.
SHOW: Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives
DATE: Friday, February 12, 2016
TIME: Doors 7:00 p.m. / Show 8:00 p.m. TICKET PRICE: $54.00 – First 9 Rows
$48.00 – All Remaining Rows