JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – The rare memorabilia collection of Grammy-winning country singer Marty Stuart opens to the public tomorrow at both museums in Mississippi.
The Philadelphia native shares his journey through the world of country music in an exhibit called “The World of Marty Stuart.”
“My mum named me after Marty Robbins, and these are Marty Robbins’ boots,” Stuart said, pointing to a display case containing the boots, a violin, a guitar, his mum’s brownie camera and d other objects.
With the name of a famous country singer, Marty Stuart was destined for greatness. On Friday, he walked through the galleries of his collection of country music artifacts collected over more than 50 years.
“A lot of the pieces on display upstairs were salvage items,” the five-time Grammy Award winner said. “These were world-renowned treasures that ended up in thrift stores or private collections. Places like that nobody cared about, but they seemed important to me.
The 63-year-old has lent more than 350 pieces to “The World of Marty Stuart Exhibit”, each with a story. Some of his favorites are his first guitar and the dress worn by his wife, Connie Smith, from the concert where he first saw her.
“That’s Connie’s autograph that I got that night,” Stuart said, noting the framed page next to her aqua blue sequin dress.
It pays homage to the legends that came before it, like Lester Flatts and Johnny Cash. Preserving items he has found and gifts he has received from country music royalty over the decades.
“A lot of these people raised me. They were like family,” the Mississippi native said. seemed wrong to dismiss this part of American culture.”
Stuart calls his job a self-proclaimed mission. Part of this journey will be on display until December 31.
“It’s a great American tale rooted in Mississippi.”
The exhibits will later become part of the permanent collection of the Congress of Country Music, a museum in Philadelphia.
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