Marty Stuart Signs With New Record Label Ahead of Tour
For those wondering what Marty Stuart has been up to and when he might release new music, there is some big news. Announced on Friday (8-12), Marty Stuart has signed to the European label Snakefarm Records. No, it isn’t owned by Ray Wylie Hubbard. Snakefarm is a subsidiary of the label SpineFarm Records, whose parent company is the Universal Music Group. The announcement comes as Marty is getting ready to tour Europe, and hopefully, announce new music.
Spinefarm Records is mostly known as a heavy metal label, but its Snakefarm imprint has lots of ties to American music and country specifically. Along with being the record label for Texas music artist Austin Meade, the label is also the UK and/or European home for Whiskey Myers, Marcus King, and even major label artists such as Eric Church and Kip Moore. Often country artists that don’t exactly fit the pop country mold do quite well over in Europe, and sometimes even better than in the United States. Marty Stuart certainly qualifies in that class.
“I like the idea of joining forces with Snakefarm. I am intrigued by the global mindset and the aura of musical integrity that surrounds the brand. I look forward to a long line of thrilling musical escapades in the days ahead,” Stuart states just a week or so away from embarking on his European tour (see dates below).
The announcement comes five years after Marty Stuart released his highly-regarded album Way Out West. Since then he’s tinkered with some re-releases and other projects, but fans have been salivating for some new music. In March of 2021, Stuart announced a song project called Songs I Sing in the Dark, which was supposed to be a 20-song endeavor where he released a cover song each month for 20 months. However, Stuart stopped just a few songs in with no explanation. Perhaps the deal with Snakefarm changed his calculus.
“As long-time supporters of the great man and his music, it’s with much pride that we welcome Marty Stuart to Snakefarm,” says Dante Bonutto of the label. “The intention with the label has always been to shine a spotlight on the very best in roots music, its sacred traditions, and values, and when it comes to an artist who lives, breathes, loves, and protects these values, Marty Stuart is in a class of his own. We look forward to a long and exciting journey ahead, and we’re aware that we’ll have to spectacularly up our game on the fashion front!”
Marty Stuart also remains busy trying to get his Congress of Country Music in Philadelphia, Mississippi off the ground. When he played his long-running Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium earlier this summer, Stuart also held a symposium for the industry to raise awareness of the project that will ultimately house his some 20,000 pieces of country music memorabilia (see below). The hope is the first phase will open soon, with Philadelphia’s historic 500-seat Ellis Theater set to start hosting performances in the coming months.
Stay tuned for when Marty Stuart might be releasing new music.
Sept 25 – Franklin, TN – Pilgrimage Festival
August 12, 2022 @ 9:56 am
I’d imagine that Marty’s deal is what put the stall on his Songs I Sing In The Dark project, but I hope that it isn’t completely abandoned. Hopefully he puts the whole thing out on Snakefarm, or at least drops the other songs at some point. If not, that’d be the second abandoned Marty project I’d have to lament (following the album he was producing for Travis Tritt in 2014 that never came out).
August 12, 2022 @ 11:45 am
It just sounds dirty…
August 12, 2022 @ 12:02 pm
i have no idea what you are refering to. Enlighten??
August 12, 2022 @ 12:31 pm
The Ray Wylie Hubbard song “Snake Farm”. One of the lyrics is “Snake Farm… it sounds dirty…”
August 12, 2022 @ 3:55 pm
Got it. Thanks.
August 13, 2022 @ 2:52 am
Snake Farm – it just sounds nasty, not dirty
August 13, 2022 @ 9:45 am
Dammit, correct! I was just excited to say it and then I go and screw it up! Haha!
August 12, 2022 @ 11:54 am
Thanks Trigger. I follow Marty extensively and this is the first I heard of it. This will be interesting indeed.
As an aside, Marty always gives fantastic interviews. I would also encourage others to go to youtube and listen to Kenny Vaughan’s various interviews. They are fantastic as well.
August 12, 2022 @ 12:34 pm
Stoked for the Amsterdam show. Hope he brings Connie!
August 13, 2022 @ 6:38 pm
I’m a huge fan of Marty Stewart… What-he has done to preserve country music goes way beyond what anyone else has done to take care of ole instruments…ect,… I think some kind of “ Marty Stewart night and a special award should be given recognizing all he has done for Nashville and country music….
August 12, 2022 @ 1:37 pm
I have tickets for Glasgow, and am very much looking forward to it.
Sometime over the past couple of years, I thought I’d heard mention of a surf album being made by Marty as a follow up to ‘Way Out West.’ Anybody else remember that – or am I imagining things?
Robert's Country Blog
August 13, 2022 @ 7:23 am
Yes, when I saw Marty in 2019, he said they were working on an album of original surf instrumentals. If I recall correctly, it was going to be twenty songs. When I saw Marty this summer at his “late night jam,” there was no mention of the surf album.
August 12, 2022 @ 3:53 pm
This is good news. I saw him and the Superlatives at the Master Musicians Festival in Kentucky last month and they were awesome. Hands down the most talented group of musicians for traditional country music. Awesome setlist all from Marty’s career and he always gives his band ample time to showcase their talents. Any member could hit it big independently if they chose. If they come near you, go see them!
August 12, 2022 @ 5:32 pm
I met my (now ex-) wife at a Marty show last year, and we quickly fell in love. Though we separated last month (we married in January not long after we found out she was pregnant with my child, who was born in May. I have six other children from my previous marriages and relationships, as well as one adopted daughter, and five grandchildren, now; and my first great-grandchild on the way, through my granddaughter).
August 14, 2022 @ 7:06 pm
That has a lot to do with Marty Stuart.
Richard L.R. Kerr
August 12, 2022 @ 5:27 pm
What are some good Marty Stuart songs? I only know one of his songs and it’s hard to find what ones are could (as he was insanely low streaming numbers on Spotify). Thanks.
August 12, 2022 @ 5:51 pm
Marty Stuart is not a song guy, he’s an album guy. Start with “The Pilgrim,” then listen to “Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions,” then maybe his recent record, “Way Out West.” Also mind that he’s got two listings, one under his name, and one as Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives. Those would be my suggestions.
August 13, 2022 @ 6:55 am
Absolutely Ghost Train! Awesome album. I really enjoyed Saturday Night/Sunday Morning double album also. The gospel side of these guys is very underrated in my opinion.
Richard L.R. Kerr
August 13, 2022 @ 10:48 am
Thanks, I’ll check them out.
August 12, 2022 @ 5:58 pm
Busy Bee Cafe is an absolute must have for any fan of American country and roots music. Released during or soon after he was touring with Johnny Cash it features Cash on vocals as well as Doc Watson on guitar and vocals. Also any record where he plays Clarence White’s original b-bender telecaster. I honestly don’t think he has cut a bad album.
August 13, 2022 @ 7:48 am
Nice to hear someone mention his early work like Busy Bee Cafe. There seems to be two different categories of Marty fans. Newer, non country music people, who like the almost hippie vibe he gives off, typically jam band kind of folks. Most of these fans know nothing of Hillbilly Rock, Tempted, Whiskey Aint Workin, Arlene, or any of the stuff he made his name on. The other group are the more mainstream minded country folks who remember when Marty was making radio hits. Im seeing both types of fans at his shows. I guess my point is dont overlook the early more rockabilly side of Marty. All the albums are worthwhile.
August 13, 2022 @ 11:30 am
I picked up a cassette copy of it from a used bookstore in 2003 or something. It blew my mind, but I am a massive Clarence White fan so his newer stuff that is heavier into the b-bender is high on my list too. Probably going to stock up on MS vinyl here in the near future.
August 13, 2022 @ 12:56 pm
Yeah, i love that telecaster too. We caught Marty last month at a little festival that hardly anybody attended. Anyhow, we were right at stagefront and i had fun watching him work the bender. Told the wife, when he moves the guitar at the strap connection, hes bending the string. Its so subtle, but when you know whats going on. Its fun to watch!
My local guitar luthier has offered to install one in my Tele, and ive thought about it, but honestly its wasted on me, im not a true shredder lead guy, more a jack of all , master of none guitar guy.
Dan Da Hootenanny
August 15, 2022 @ 9:06 am
Marty also has a third set of fans and those are the Bluegrass cats who remeber his days with Lester Flatt.
August 15, 2022 @ 7:43 am
Western Girls gets spun multiple times when it pops up. Tempted is a great song. Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ with Travis Tritt. This One’s Gonna Hurt You, Hillbilly Rock.
Seconded on the albums. I love, love, love Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.
The level of musicianship that he and the Fabulous Superlatives display during their shows is just mind-blowing. Think Lyle Lovett’s Large Band level virtuosity. I bailed on an Atlanta show right when Covid was blowing up. Probably the last show he played before everything shut down. Knowing what I know now, I would have just gone. Hope I get another chance.
August 12, 2022 @ 10:05 pm
I saw Clarence with the Byrds once
Tower Theater. Philadelphia Pa
Marty deserves that telecaster He makes great use of it and its still getting played
Saw marty three times and will see them again soon.
August 13, 2022 @ 11:26 am
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Clarence’s death. He is my favorite player for sure though he died before I was born. I had tickets to Marty’s tour that was cancelled in 2020, I had recently gotten my own b-bender and was really excited.
August 13, 2022 @ 9:01 am
I have a ticket for his show at Race St. LIVE in Holyoke, MASS on Oct. 12. I have been following him and the Fabulous Superlatives since the turn of the century. I really liked what he has done especially “Way Out West” in 2017. I had the opportunity to write a Preview of his appearance in Northampton as part of the Back Porch Festival in 2020. He certainly has a great sound and am looking forward to the new music!
Something Always Told Me They Were Reading Tommy Wrong
August 13, 2022 @ 12:36 pm
I am not familiar with Marty Stuart’s music at all, apart from a cover of ‘Made in Japan’ he did on his TV show. But I do know that I like him, pretty much as that guy wearing a scarf who talks about Country music a lot on documentaries and such. So whatever Marty does is okay by me. Maybe it’s finally time I actually got around to listening to his music…
Thom’s Country Bunker
August 15, 2022 @ 3:00 am
Can anyone tell me why Way Out West has disappeared from Spotify?
August 15, 2022 @ 6:40 am
Look it up under “Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.” He’s got that two separate headings thing going on.
August 15, 2022 @ 6:24 am
Congrats,Marty !!! Hope you’ll soon release some new material !!!
August 16, 2022 @ 11:05 am
Please update me on new music or concerts in Orange County, SOCAL.
August 20, 2022 @ 7:42 pm
The Sept. 24 date should be at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC (or at least that date is on their website). The same night, Blackberry Smoke and the North Mississippi Allstars will be at Silverado’s in nearby Black Mountain NC. Which show to go to? Decisions, decisions….
August 20, 2022 @ 7:53 pm
Maybe they added that date and moved Marty’s Pilgrimage date at some point after I posted this, because those dates came straight from his calendar. I just added it.
That’s a hard decision you have.