Full name: John Martin Stuart. He was nicknamed Marty after country music legend Marty Robbins.
Began in career in music working with fellow Mississippian Carl Jackson in the bluegrass gospel group The Sullivan Family.
Hero: Clarence White (owns one of his guitars.)
First exposure to bluegrass: heard Bill Monroe and the Sullivan Family at the National Guard Armory in Jackson, Alabama in 1970.
1972, at age 13 he played mandolin and lead guitar with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass (until Lester’s death in 1979.) Lester always referred to him as “Little Marty Stuart.”
1979-1985, worked with Johnny Cash.
1986, signed with CBS records and began his solo career.
Describes his music as “hillbilly rock.” Released album and single by that name in 1989.
1992, toured with Travis Tritt in the “No Hats Tour.” Marty and Travis have recorded several hits songs together, including “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ Anymore.”
1992, joined the Grand Ole Opry. Performed with The Opry Bluegrass Band (with Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Earl Scruggs). Also has a hillbilly band (called the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band) that performs on the Opry, playing old-time music. His touring band is called The Fabulous Superlatives.
Hobby: photography. Has published a book of his photos featuring country and bluegrass music personalities.
2001, was elected to a fourth term as President of the Country Music Foundation. His personal collection of memorabilia is on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
2000, 2006, hosted the IBMA Awards Show.
2005, released Live At The Ryman album (Universal) with his band the Fabulous Superlatives and special guests.
2008, began hosting his own TV program on the RFD-TV network.