CD Review: Marthy Stuart – Ghost Train

by Bobby Costa

I had the pleasure of meeting Marty Stuart and his band at the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival in Preston CT in June of this year. He and his band’s personalities are as great as their music. This CD has everything for the Marty Stuart fans.

The title song “Ghost Train” along with “Branded,” “Little Heart Breaker,” and “Bridge Washed Out” are all great singing and Marty picking.

There are two great instrumentals: “Humming Bird” and a pedal steel picked version of “Crazy Arms” by Ralph Mooney; also a good rocker called “Country Boy” with Kenny Vaugh in the mix.

There are some great ballads: “Drifting Apart,” Porter Wagoner’s “Grave,” and “A World without You” with Connie Smith on backup.

“A Bridge Washed Out”

“Hangman” is done acoustically while “Hard Working Man” is a ballad that could become an anthem for all working people in this present economy.

And lastly, “Mississippi Railroad Blues” shows us why Flatt and Scruggs hired a twelve year old Marty to pick the mandolin in their band.

This is a great Marty party CD.

Sugar Hill Records 2010


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