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Marty Stuart at Ram's Head Tavern

 
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bakerbyrd



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:54 pm    Post subject: Marty Stuart at Ram's Head Tavern Reply with quote

I saw Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives on Thursday night at the Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis Maryland for 2 shows. I was looking forward to a reunion with "Clarence", but to my extreme disappointment, I arrived to learn that the show would be all-acoustic. After unsuccessfully attempting to slit my wrists in the bathroom, I reordered my attitude to a more positive state.

After the second song, I asked Marty where "Clarence" was. He said that the guitar was in the bus, resting. He then told the audience that "the guy in the Byrds shirt [me] is a big fan of Clarence White. Clarence is my all-time favorite guitar player. Some of you know that I play his B-Bender in concert for all of my electric shows. But what some of you may not know is that Clarence was a brilliant acoustic guitarist. Here is a Clarenc White song."

He then launched into a rapid-fire version of "Soldier's Joy." I felt much better after that. During the second show, they covered "Feel A Whole Lot Better." The shows were superb, as each band member had an opportunity to showcase their own talents. Kenny Vaughn, Harry Stinson, and the bass player, whose name I always forget, are all stellar musicians and singers. If you get a chance to see these guys, take it. You won't be sorry.
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rod



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like a great show. I saw Marty as 14 year old when he was playing mandolin with Lester Flatt. Roland was the original mandolin player in the Nashville Grass and I may be wrong about this, but I think that Marty lived with Roland and his family for a while. During the show that I saw, Lester got Marty to flatpick a couple of tunes on guitar and it was very obvious to me that he'd studied Clarence's playing. After the show I talked briefly to Marty and asked who had influenced his guitar playing. His answer came in a slow Mississippi drawl " You all ever hear of Clarence White?"

I bought Marty's first albums expecting to hear some Clarence influenced playing but it wasn't there for whatever reason. His playing at 14 was the closest I've ever heard to Clarence.
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Bill Hisle



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian Glenn

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teleman3726



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same experience: first saw MS in Decatur (AL) this February and was a little disappointed it was an all acoustic gig (it was fantastic, nonetheless). But later saw him at the Ryman with Clarence and it, too, was a superb show. Really looking forward to his latest CD in August. Gonna try to copy all the riffs! Woohooo.
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