Wednesday, 13 October
Marty Stuart has assembled a collection that spans over 20,000 pieces to tell a rich, emotional, and personal story of the lives of our common heritage. The $30 million project will create a 50,000+ square foot campus featuring the historic and recently renovated Ellis Theater, a newly constructed museum, classrooms, a community hall, meeting and event space, and a rooftop performance venue.
Dinner & Show
Starting at 6:30PM
VIP Pre-show meet and greet.
Meet Marty and enjoy a personal “tour” of keynote collectibles from his project followed by an intimate concert.
Starting at 6PM
Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of country music through live musical performance and educational programming. This tribute to the culture and rural ethic of America will be presented in a world-class Country Music museum and performing arts center. The artifacts, which Marty has collected from backstage at the Grand Ole Opry to the auction blocks of America, tell a rich, emotional and personal story of the lives of our common heritage.
John Marty Stuart was born September 30, 1958, in Philadelphia, Mississippi. A child prodigy on guitar and mandolin, Marty made his first professional appearance at the age of 12 performing with country legends Carl and Pearl Butler. A few months later, he joined bluegrass group, the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers. A year later, he was touring with Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass, making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry at just 13. By the age of 21, he was a member of Johnny Cash’s band. Since leaving his mentor’s band, Stuart has become one of the most respected country music artists of our time. The young rebel, who set out to shake Nashville up, is now regarded as a rogue statesman. Ace musician, distinctive vocalist, skilled songwriter, poet, inspired band-leader, photographer, knowledgeable historian and exciting entertainer, Marty Stuart occupies a space all his own in the world of country music. Though he is a staunch traditionalist, the five-time GRAMMY winner encourages the expansion of all boundaries in taking country music to a global audience. Special thanks to Alan Cackett.