For years, Marty Stuart has been the Where’s Waldo of country music. If you knew where to look, he was easy to spot: backing up Lester Flatt at the Opry, on the road with Johnny Cash or jamming with buddy Travis Tritt on the Grammy-winning single “The Whiskey Ain’t Work-in’.” But despite a handful of solid hits—not to mention his taste for rooster hair and rhinestone jackets—Stuart never seemed lo stand out in the Nashville crowd.
His seventh album, Love and Luck, should finally change that. Now his fans are treated lo a rolling ride through blues, rock, gospel and traditional country. The album cruises along so smoothly that you hardly notice the boundaries that are being blurred. The Elvis-styled “Kiss Me, I’m Gone” fades into the Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman-penned “Wheels.” The wondrously mournful “Oh, What a Silent Night,” which Stuart cowrote with Harlan Howard, leads the way for an infectious cover of the Rolling Stones “Shake Your Hips.” With his warm voice hugging every turn, Stuart’s brand of souped-up country lakes listeners for a flat-out spin that may leave them a bit dizzy, but thoroughly enthralled. (MCA)