"Marty Stuart" is an American country musician, known for both his traditional style, and eclectic mergings of rockabilly, honky tonk, and traditional country music. Infamous for his flamboyantly hedonist party image, he is known for wearing rhinestone-studded "Nudie suits" onstage.
thumb|250px|Marty Stuart - Jan 1993
Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, on September 30, 1958, Stuart was obsessed with country music, teaching himself to play the guitar and mandolin. By the age of 12, he was performing with the bluegrass family act The Sullivan Family. He later met Roland White, a member of Lester Flatt's band, and opened for them in Delaware in 1972. He remained with the band until 1978, when Flatt retired due to health problems.
Stuart went on to do session work with Vassar Clements and Doc Watson, and joined Johnny Cash's backup band in 1980. He released his first solo album, ''Busy Bee Cafe'', in 1982, a jam album for Sugar Hill, with guest appearancs including Cash, Watson, and Earl Scruggs. He left Cash's band in 1985, signing with Columbia Records, and released his self-titled debut album in 1986. Although it had a Top 20 country hit, the album sold poorly, and h...