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5 Things You Might Not Have Known About Marty Stuart (To Get You Ready For His Free Grimey’s Performance)

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When The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’, are you Tempted to break out the Hillbilly Rock?

Don’t mind us…we’re just talking using exclusively Marty Stuart song titles today. Why? The country legend is giving a FREE performance tonight at everyone’s favorite local record store with a rawkin’ name, Grimey’s. We know it’s going to be packed (be ready to park far and get there as early as you can), and we’ve been mentally preparing for the amazingness that awaits us. You’re probably familiar with ol’ M.Stu, but if you need to brush up, here are 5 things you might not know about the superstar.

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He made his television debut at 14 years old.

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And you thought Lennon & Maisy were young for TV! Stuart started playing in the bluegrass group The Sullivans when he was 12. He then got an introduction to Roland White, who invited the crazy-talented kid to join him and the Nashville Grass on popular television show Heehaw when he was ONLY 14. Talk about a wunderkind.

He was in Johnny Cash’s backing band.

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In the 1980’s, Stuart played with everyone’s favorite man in black (sorry, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones), Johnny Cash. He even played on the Class of 55′ record with Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins (who ended up giving Stuart his guitar). Stuart briefly married into the Cash family when he wed Johnny’s daughter Cindy.

He is quite the photographer.

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Image by Marty Stuart

If you’ve heard a Marty Stuart song, you know the guy can tell a good story. Lucky for us, this ability takes on multiple forms! Stuart has been revealed as a pretty prolific photographer. His work has been exhibited all over the place (including our beloved Frist Center), giving us a backstage pass to some moments with the country music greats (Exhibit A: the photo above of Kitty Wells getting touched up). Stuart hasĀ been all over the world, and the collection feels like a lively road trip through the backroads of America over the last 50 years or so (he started taking pictures at 13). Truly a renaissance man!

He went on a NO HATS tour.

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In 1991, the country concert circuit was an endless sea of cowboy hats. It was like Kenny Chesney times a thousand. Stuart and Travis Tritt didn’t feel like donning a ten gallon hat while they belted out the tunes, so they decided to take a stand. The “No Hats” tour kicked off, and there was ne’er a hat to be found atop the veteran performer’s head. Which leads us to our next thing…

His hair is really, really awesome.

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And why would you ever hide any of that majesty under a hat?! It would be doing the public a disservice. Marty has got a mane that would make any self-respecting human stop in his/her tracks; it stands up, it lies down, it still hasn’t lost its shine after years on years of television appearances and styling gel. Like his musical artistry, it shall stand the test of time.

And you can see that illustrious head of hair in person tonight, y’all. Head to Grimey’s for this unique Nashville experience, and to find all things awesome in the city, don’t forget to grab Wannado. We’ve got you covered!

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