Nashville Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down
by Marty Stuart
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Sugar Hill Records
Marty Stuart has spent decades as a titan of Nashville -- "a country boy's Hollywood," as he describes it on this vibrant, rowdy romp that revels in its classic C&W sound without lapsing into cliché or anachronism. ("Taxpayer dollar ain't worth a dime / Government's got us in a bind," he howls on the timely title track.) There's a couple deft downer ballads (see "Holding on to Nothing"), a crazily fleet-fingered jam session ("Hollywood Boogie") and a Hank Williams classic ("Pictures From Life's Other Side") in duet with Hank III himself.