The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presents a portion of an evening with Grammy-award winner Marty Stuart as part of From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, from Wednesday, December 17, 2009.
Stuart, not only a musician but also an avid collector, traveled to Cleveland to unveil the Rock Hall’s exhibit Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey. It encompasses an astounding array of performance costumes, accessories, handwritten lyrics, personal letters and instruments compiled by Stuart.
At the age of nine, he formed his first band in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi before joining legendary guitarist Lester Flatt and his band as their mandolin player. Before he was 20 years old, Stuart joined Johnny Cash’s band on the road. While he was on tour with Cash in London in 1980, Stuart became motivated to become a collector. He had met Isaac Tigrett, a co-founder of the Hard Rock Café, who invited Stuart to the Hard Rock in London. Fascinated by the scene created around memorabilia from the world’s most influential musicians, such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin, Stuart was inspired to formally craft his own collection, Sparkle & Twang.
After his time on the road with Cash, Stuart eventually became a solo artist, achieving fame on his own and earning hit songs, a platinum album, five gold records, four Grammy awards and recording 14 studio albums. In addition to these and many other musical achievements, Stuart is also a published writer, a photographer and hosts a country music television show on RFD-TV called The Marty Stuart Show.