Way Out West

Way Out West

by Marty Stuart & His Fabulous SuperlativesMarty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives


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Ever since forming his backing group the Fabulous Superlatives in 2003, Marty Stuart has specialized in exploring various paths in country music's past. Way Out West, his 2017 album, continues this tradition by taking them and his crew out west to collaborate with Heartbreaker Mike Campbell in a fevered Fantasia of cowboys, truck drivers, surfers, and other rebels. The brilliant thing about Way Out West is that Stuart doesn't limit himself to either the pile-driving sounds of Bakersfield or the burnished country & western sounds of Hollywood cowhands. Each of these styles gets its own showcase -- "Air Mail Special" rampages like the best of the Buckaroos, "Old Mexico" splits the difference between Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins -- but Stuart not only swaps these sounds, he synthesizes them, so Way Out West winds up playing like an idealized version of California country. To that end, he even incorporates the big jangle of the Byrds -- "Time Don't Wait" rings and swirls like prime 1966 psychedelia, a move that shouldn't come as a surprise with Campbell as the album's producer -- and creates a holy ruckus on "Quicksand," which plays like Link Wray teaming with a Cosmic American honky tonk band to play a dive in Santa Monica, or "Please Don't Say Goodbye," a shimmering desert ballad that hints at the lush soundscapes of Lee Hazlewood. For anybody familiar with the rich traditions of West Coast country and roots music, it's fun to spot the influences on Way Out West, but this is neither an exercise nor a history listen. Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives are having an outright blast indulging in their imagined wild west, and the end results are so clever and kinetic, they're difficult to resist.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2017
Label: Superlatone Records
UPC: 0857223004649
catalogNumber: 30046
Rank: 9224

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives   Primary Artist
Marty Stuart   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vibes,Pump Organ,Hammond B3
Paul Martin   Electric Bass,Vocal Harmony
David Angell   Violin
Sam Bacco   Timpani
Mick Conley   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Harry Stinson   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,spanish guitar,Vocal Harmony
Kenny Vaughan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Omnichord,Vocal Harmony
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Gary Carter   Steel Guitar
Chris Scruggs   Bass,Electric Bass,Steel Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony
Sari Reist   Cello
Everette Helper   Drums,Chant

Technical Credits

Marty Stuart   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Mike Campbell   Producer
Mick Conley   Engineer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Harry Stinson   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Kenny Vaughan   Composer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Martin Pradler   Engineer
James Mundy   Composer
Chris Scruggs   Composer
Buddy Mize   Composer
Charlie Paakkari   Engineer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
Collin Dupuis   Engineer
Brian Glenn Nolf   Composer
Charles Christian   Composer
Ric Alessio   Art Direction

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Way Out West [B&N Exclusive] [Autographed] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DanielWatkins More than 1 year ago
I try not to write too many reviews but some albums just beg for it. This is a truly magical album, absolutely enchanting from start to finish. A concept album executed to perfection. I have not been a Marty Stuart fan; I was aware of who he was and knew I'd liked the little bit I'd heard here and there, but I couldn't really tell you the name of any of his songs. "Way Out West" changes that. I bought this album because the concept sounded intriguing and as a lover of the desert of the American Southwest / West, I was really curious what he'd come up with. As much as I hoped for something good, this album FAR surpassed my hopes. First let me tell you, this album encompasses so much more musically than the country music sound you might expect when hearing Marty's name. It is all over the map, while never losing a superbly cohesive sound and feel through out. And it is all so tastefully and masterfully pulled off that you don't realize how far it is taking you musically sometimes. This is a knockout album. Get it.