|Stuart shows off his mandolin mastery|
During his 6 years as a member of Johnny Cash's touring band in the 1980s, Stuart was introduced by Cash to the Lakota Sioux people of South Dakota and their plight. The Lakota are among some of the poorest Native Americans in the country.
Indeed, Stuart was so taken by that area of the west that in 2005 he recorded his album Badlands, a concept album about the horrifying treatment of Native Americans, especially the Lakota Sioux.
All of this combined to make Stuart a perfect choice for an intimate concert at the National Museum of the American Indian this weekend.
The multi-instrumentalist Stuart, who received his start in country music as a teenager playing with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt, was joined by the 3 members of his band The Fabulous Superlatives - guitarist "Cousin" Kenny Vaughan, drummer "Handsome" Harry Stinson, and bassist "Apostle" Paul Martin.
The 90-minute, 22-song set featured selections across the gamut of American roots music: honky-tonking country, flashy bluegrass, and harmonious gospel. Obviously, Stuart's hits such as "The Whiskey Ain't Working" and "Tempted" were crowd pleasers. In a tribute to Cash, Stuart dedicated his version of "Ring of Fire" to his deceased friend and mentor.
Stuart closed his show with a call for the audience to get close to the stage for an ethereal medley of 2 spiritually powerful tracks from the Badlands CD - "Hotchkiss" and "Ancient Wild"
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Here is Marty Stuart's Setlist signed by both Stuart and his wife