100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time

From architects of the genre like Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers to game-changers Garth Brooks and Shania Twain

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Marty Stuart
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76. Marty Stuart

A musician's musician, Stuart logged more than a decade as a sideman for the titans of twang – including Johnny Cash, Doc Watson and Lester Flatt – before launching his solo career. Mainstream success arrived during the late Eighties, with Stuart building his fanbase not only on the strength of his voice, but his hotshot guitar playing, too. Now 45 years into an acclaimed career, he's built a resume as towering as his notoriously rooster-like hairdo, collaborating with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers one minute and hosting his own cult-favorite TV program, The Marty Stuart Show, the next. On his newest release, Way Out West, he connects the dots between surf music, California country and spaghetti western soundtracks, fashioning a sound as bold and broad as his own history. A.L.

Key Tracks: "This One's Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time)," "Way Out West"

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