Marty Stuart confirms the release his celebrated record, The Pilgrim- Deluxe Edition, for the first time ever on vinyl on October 18th MCA Nashville/UMG Nashville/UMe. This special 20th anniversary release will be issued on double vinyl and includes a bonus CD with ten never before released tracks, available only with the purchase The Pilgrim vinyl. These newly unearthed songs include features by country music legends including Ralph Stanley, Connie Smith, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, and more.
Stuart debuts “Been Lonely Too Long,” one the never-before-heard songs included on The Pilgrim – Deluxe Edition CD, Rolling Stone.
“The Pilgrim is a record I dearly love. This recording changed the course my musical life. Year after year, since its original release in 1999, I’ve heard stories from people all around the world about how The Pilgrim made its way into their lives and touched their hearts,” Stuart explains the project.
“Going into my archives to search out Pilgrim-related material for this release was like reaching into a dusty old treasure chest. I found songs that I’d written and forgotten, photographs I never got around to looking at, unfinished recordings from The Pilgrim sessions, and a string archival recordings with Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Emmylou Harris, Connie Smith, and Uncle Josh Graves that I made while they were doing their parts on The Pilgrim. Upon listening, those recordings stand as cherished, sacred documents American roots music that have waited nobly in the shadows for their invitation onto the world stage the twenty-first century. So many life lessons were fered in the creative process making The Pilgrim. Perhaps the toughest them all was letting go when the record was considered unsuccessful. However, in letting go, I learned that some things do, in fact, come back around.”
Stuart is a five-time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Americana Music Association, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, photographer, musician, and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the 70’s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band in the 80’s, and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the 90’s. Stuart hosts a Late Night Jam at The Ryman, a yearly tradition which kicks f 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.
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