Tuesday, April 27, 2021
– Marty Stuart offers his new cover today of Willie Nelson's "One In A Row," the second single off "Songs I Sing In The Dark," a collection of 20 songs recorded acoustically at Stuart's former home outside of Nashville.
"Nelson wrote this in the mid-1960s," Stuart said. "The song originally appeared on an RCA Victor album entitled 'Make Way for Willie Nelson'. The recording is seemingly a portrait of a man in motion, headed toward barely explored worlds of wonder that lie waiting deep within his soul. The musical treatment given to Willie's 'One in a Row' by Nashville's legendary 'A' team of musicians is no less than exquisite musical architecture, pure perfection. But it's the idea, the words, and the soul of the poet that's truly the thing to behold here. Willie and his words have always mattered. His songs take up very little space on a piece of paper. However, his words have a way of making their way into your heart and then sticking around for a lifetime. That's the story with 'One in a Row'."
"I first heard it at least 20 years ago. I loved it, and the song has followed me around ever since. I think of it as an old friend, same as Willie. It's a friend for the ages, and an excellent song to sing in the dark."
Stuart will share a new song from the album a month, alongside a personal statement about each song's importance, both personally and in the context of country music.
Stuart previously shared a video introduction to the series along with the lyric video for "Ready for the Times to Get Better."
Stuart said of his new collection, "The title tells the story. I have a long line of songs that range from obscure, originals, to old favorites from various musical worlds that I often sing to myself when I'm alone. Until recently, I had never formally made a list of all the titles. When I did, I saw in those titles so many great songs that need to be remembered and passed down. There was a mighty congregation of names of profound songwriters whose presence and lyrics are to be cherished. And, looking into those songs I could hear the music of those brilliant musicians, arrangers and singers who brought those tunes to life, and gave the world reason to love them. In the wake of these revelations, I was inspired to finally go to work on the idea of 'Songs I Sing in the Dark'."
Recently, The Country Music Association announced the induction of Marty Stuart into the Country Music Hall of Fame's class of 2020 in the Modern Era Artist category. Stuart is inducted alongside Dean Dillon (Songwriter Category) and Hank Williams Jr. (Veterans Era Artist).