Sparkle and Twang

2021 Gala

Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. for GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi’s 2021 Gala, "Sparkle and Twang" to help us honor the third annual Crossroads of American Music Award recipient, GRAMMY®-winning country musician Marty Stuart. Presented by Walmart, the 2021 GRAMMY Museum Gala will feature a special appearance by Stuart, who will accept the award and perform live. Tickets for the 2021 Gala go on sale Tuesday, October 19th to Museum Members and on sale to Non-Members on November 1st. Additional sponsors include Quality Steel Corporation and Visit Mississippi.


With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Philadelphia, Mississippi, native Marty Stuart. While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, and musician is living, breathing country music history. Since learning guitar and mandolin as a child, he’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield, and points in between; and safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts, including its literal shoes. Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.


Since becoming one of the most eclectic country artists to come onto the scene in the '80s, Stuart has moved between honkey tonk (1994's Love and Luck), rockabilly (1986's self-titled album), country-rock (2003's Country Music), traditional country (1992's Let There Be Country), California-inspired western music (2017's Way out West), gospel (2005's Souls' Chapel), and bluegrass (1982's Busy Bee Cafe).


But most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th studio album, hits both of those marks. Produced by Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), the album is a cinematic tour-de-force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.


A five-time GRAMMY winner, Stuart won his first GRAMMY in 1992 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for The Whiskey Ain't Workin'.

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