The 2022-2023 Webb Center Season opens Thursday, Dec. 1 with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Performing songs from their latest album “Way Out West,” the band arrives at the Webb Center as the newest members of the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Drummer Harry Stinson, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, and bassist Chris Scruggs are set to accept their induction into the Class of 2022 alongside Stuart on Nov. 22 in Nashville, TN.
“This is something I never thought would happen, especially not while in my 30s,” Scruggs shared in an Instagram post when the inductee list was announced on Oct. 28. The Musicians Hall of Fame honors all musicians, regardless of genre or instrument, and this year’s class includes icons Don McLean, Ray Stevens, and Vince Gill.
Marty Stuart is a versatile musician who has played with every great country legend imaginable. A member of Johnny Cash’s touring band for over a decade, Stuart began his career alongside bluegrass great, Lester Flatt when he was a teenager. Now a legend in his own right, Stuart serves as a worldwide ambassador for country music from Nashville, TN to Bakersfield, CA and many points in between. More importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, with songs that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future.
When it comes to personal style, Stuart will no doubt take to the Webb Center stage sporting his striking black mane, speckled with well-earned gray, which he describes as “a cross between Albert Einstein and Porter Wagoner.” When asked what it takes to achieve such a magnificent coiffure, he answered “About four minutes, a 60-mile-an-hour wind, a $1 hairbrush, and an 87-cent can of Aqua Net.”
The band’s wardrobe is equally meticulous, with color provided by rhinestone-studded jackets made by renowned designer Nudie Cohn and tailor to the stars Manuel Cuevas. Wanting to dress the part as a young musician in the early 1970s, Stuart saved $250 in the hopes of purchasing a jacket designed by Kiev-born designer, Nudie Cohn, most famously known for dressing such superstars over the years as Porter Wagoner, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Glen Campbell, and Elvis Presley. When Stuart learned the jacket he wanted would actually cost him $2,500, a young tailor named Manuel stepped in saying, “Someday, you will walk in here and buy the whole store. But today you get a free shirt,” handing the singer a t-shirt that read Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors.
While Stuart never purchased the store, he does currently boast quite the impressive collection of Nudie Suits and other rare country music memorabilia, including plenty of signature jackets. “I don’t wear the matching suit pants,” explained the Grammy Award-winning musician, singer, and songwriter. “If I wore too many rhinestones, I’d get beat up.”
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives are performing at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, Arizona on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket Info Here