- Hit songs include "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," "Hillbilly Rock," and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
- Member of the Grand Ole Opry
- Grammy and CMA Award winner
At age 12, Stuart began playing mandolin with the Sullivan Family, and at age 13, Stuart moved to Nashville and joined Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass.
After brief stints with Vassar Clements and Doc Watson in the wake of Flatt's death, Stuart landed the job he'd always wanted, playing in the Johnny Cash Show. Stuart joined in on tours that included June Carter, the Carter Family, and the Tennessee Three.
After six-plus years with the Johnny Cash Show, Stuart pulled together his own band and hit the road. The first single, "Arlene," snuck into the Top 20, and the second, "All Because of You," snuck into the Top 40.
Later, Stuart launched on his new label, MCA, with the 1989 album Hillbilly Rock. The title track became a Top 10 single. The next album, 1991's Tempted, used that approach to put four more singles into the Top 12. Fueled by success, Stuart started writing songs as fast as he could come up with them.
He co-wrote "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," but he didn't need the song, so after hearing a young singer named Travis Tritt on the radio Stuart decided to send a demo of the song to him. Not only did Tritt want to record the song, but he wanted Stuart to recreate the guitar part he'd put on the demo.
"The Whiskey Ain't Workin'" became a No. 2 smash, and it was followed by such duets as 1992's No. 7 hit, "This One's Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time)," and 1996's No. 23 hit, "Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best". In 1992, they hit the road on the No Hats Tour, an irreverent rebuke to the many "hat acts" dominating Nashville at that time. Stuart contributed songwriting to Tritt's next three albums, played guitar on two of them, and sang a duet vocal on "Double Trouble" from the last one.
Meanwhile, Stuart continued to rack up hits of his own. The 1992 album This One's Gonna Hurt You yielded not only the title-track duet with Tritt but also three other Top 40 singles: "Now That's Country," "High on a Mountain Top," and "Hey Baby".
In 2002, Stuart formed The Fabulous Superlatives. Since then he has released 6 CDs: Country Music, Souls' Chapel, Badlands, Live at the Ryman, Compadres, and Cool Country Favorites.
Marty Stuart is country music's Renaissance Man. His energetic enthusiasm has gone outside music, yielding impressive work as a photographer, writer, collector, and arts executive. Stuart launched his own television show, The Marty Stuart Show, on the RFD network which was on air for several seasons.
Stuart has served on the board for the Country Music Foundation and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on April 19, 2009.