Country music icon and longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry Marty Stuart kicked off 2008 with six Opry appearances in just six weeks and continues to make country music’s most famous stage a priority with more upcoming performances than ever. Opry fans can catch Stuart making unforgettable Opry moments happen on Feb. 29, March 1, March 7, March 8, and March 22 before he heads out on the road with his all-star band, the Fabulous Superlatives, for concert dates across the U.S. and Europe.
Stuart has a long history with the Opry, making his first appearance at age 13 with Flatt & Scruggs. He was invited to become a member himself 20 years later.
“The Grand Ole’ Opry is entering an exciting era,” said Stuart. “While there’s so much history behind us, the challenge is now forging a new chapter and making more history. I love being a part of that.”
The Opry’s general manager Pete Fisher said of Stuart, “Beyond delivering stellar performances with each and every appearance, he always knows how to serve up the magic of the Opry. He’s mindful of tradition all the while moving toward the future. We are grateful to Marty for his continuing support of the Opry, both with his time and his talents.”
An avid collector of country music memorabilia, Stuart and wife Connie Smith recently donated several pieces of their extensive collection to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as a Valentine’s Day “gift of love” on February 13. Along with some of Stuart and Smith’s own stage outfits and instruments, the contribution included Lester Flatt’s prized 1950 Martin D-28 guitar, a suit that belonged to Johnny Cash, and a suitcase that housed the songs of Hank Williams.
For other upcoming appearances and tour dates, visit www.martystuart.net