Five-time GRAMMY winner Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives are rolling their Way Out West tour into the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts for a Friday, June 1 concert with special guest Jill Jack.
From June through November, Stuart and band will also be touring with Chris Stapleton (himself a five-GRAMMY winner). Jill Jack, a winner of 41 Detroit Music Awards, has released 12 CDs including her latest, These Days.
This concert includes a food drive for Gleaners, and attendees are asked to bring one non-perishable food item (of course, they’ll accept monetary donations as well).
“An international star, a local legend, great ticket prices, a worthy cause, and only 900 seats? I’d be shocked if this doesn’t sell out – and quickly,” said Whitney Stone, president of 2 Stones Events.
She and her husband, Cal, have booked several major shows at the BCPA over the years, including George Winston, Ramsey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, and Wynton Marsalis. The company also handles the bookings for Brighton festivals like Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues, Taste of Brighton, and Fine Arts & Acoustic Music.
“The BCPA is such a jewel,” said Stone, “and it’s really a privilege to present an artist of Marty Stuart’s caliber here.”
Stuart and his band recently won the Duo/Group of the Year award at the Americana Music Association’s 16th Annual Americana Honors & Awards. Previous winners of this prestigious award include The Avett Brothers, Drive-By Truckers, and Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell. In 2005 the Americana Music Association awarded Marty Stuart with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.
The platinum recording artist is a Grand Ole Opry star; country music archivist; photographer; musician; and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent more than four decades celebrating American roots music. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the ’70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band in the ’80s, and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the ’90s. Stuart hosts a Late Night Jam at The Ryman, a yearly tradition which kicks off the CMA Music Festival, with recent guests including Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neko Case, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Dan Auerbach and many more.
Stuart’s “Way Out West” on Superlatone was named by MOJO as one of their “Best Americana Albums of 2017.” The album was conceived as a love letter to the promised land of California by one of country music’s living legends.
“’Way Out West’ is Marty Stuart’s album-length paean to the myth and magic of the American West,” said NPR Music. “It finds country’s stalwart neo-traditionalist turning cosmic cowboy for a journey through the Joshua trees, shadowy canyons and desert dreams that tantalize travelers with the promise of a golden shore on the other side.”
A cinematic tour-de-force, “Way Out West” (available on CD, vinyl, and digitally here) was produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and features the Fabulous Superlatives — guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and bassist Chris Scruggs — Stuart’s longtime band, which NPR Music said could “melt your heart with four-part harmonies, rock your bones with honky tonk, and dazzle you with picking worthy of their name.”
Recently Stuart and his band debuted the music video for “Time Don’t Wait,” from “Way Out West,” which was shot in the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This piece, directed by Reid Long, explores the lands and people of the Lakota Sioux tribe, of which Stuart is an honorary member (his Lakota name is O Yate’ o Chee Ya’ka Hopsila or “The man who helps the people”) and which he has had a deep and personal connection to since he first visited the Lako Dawesta’s Pine Ridge Reservation on tour as a member of Johnny Cash’s band.
“Reid and his crew followed us to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the results are absolutely exquisite,” said Stuart about the video. “I invite the viewer to come along with me and the Superlatives to Pine Ridge. By way of Reid Long’s camera, we’ll take you deep inside of a world filled with wonderful people that most people don’t even know exist.”
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives with special guest Jill Jack
DATE: Friday, June 1
VENUE: Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, 7878 Brighton Road, 48116 (The BCPA is on the campus of Brighton High School with plenty of free parking.)
TIME: Doors will open at 7 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: online at 2StonesEvents.com — $20, $35 and $50, and two tiers of VIP packages are also available.
The Big Chief Special includes a front row ticket; a commemorative limited-edition show poster and a VIP lanyard; and a photo with Stuart and the band, taken by the tour photographer; access to a private pre-show performance and Q&A at the venue; and an autograph session with Stuart and band; $199.
The Hummingbyrd Bonanza includes one ticket in the second, third, or fourth rows; admission to the pre-show performance and Q&A; and the commemorative limited-edition show poster and a VIP lanyard; $99.
Both tiers of the VIP package will have access to crowd-free merchandise shopping. VIP ticketholders should arrive at the BCPA at approximately 5 p.m., but all will be notified by email once the exact time is established.
CHARITY: Attendees are asked to bring one non-perishable food item for Gleaners; monetary donations will also be accepted.
INFORMATION: (810) 599-0491