Fresh off a Grammy win, Marty Stuart comes to Bend

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, 12:06 pm by Ben Salmon

Country traditionalist Marty Stuart visits the Tower Theatre in Bend tomorrow night, exactly four days after he picked up the fifth Grammy award of his career. This time, Stuart won for “Best Country Instrumental Performance” in recognition of “Hummingbyrd,” a song from his lauded 2010 album “Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions.”

Here’s Stuart and his band playing “Hummingbyrd” on his show on RFD TV.

That’s a nice audio/visual compliment to something I wrote about the man in last week’s GO! Magazine:

By now, you’d think most artists would’ve learned this lesson: Finding and sticking to your strengths no matter the direction of the trend-winds is always a better look than switching up your look/sound/style in an effort to stay relevant. Marty Stuart certainly knows this. He sang gospel as a kid, picked bluegrass with Lester Flatt in the ’70s, spent time in Johnny Cash’s band in the ’80s, scored a few country hits along the way, and has blossomed into one of the most acclaimed and appreciated ambassadors of traditional twang in modern times.

Marty Stuart’s showy duds and shapely hair may not qualify him as “cool” among your buddies, or on the Internet, or in what’s sold as country music these days. But believe this: Marty Stuart is one cool cat. I can’t wait to see him play.

Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; $30 or $35, available at www.towertheatre.org, 541-317-0700, or the box office at the Tower Theatre, 835 N.W. Wall St., Bend.

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