Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions

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Marty Stuart’s latest offering is steeped in long-established country traditions and sounds. “Country Boy Rock & Roll” mixes a rhythm reminiscent of a classic Johnny Cash tune with early-’90s country guitar licks. “A World Without You,” with its straight-ahead bass line, recalls George Jones’ “A Picture of Me (Without You).” There is a lush duet between Marty and wife Connie Smith, “I Run to You” (not to be confused with Lady Antebellum’s hit of the same name), a cover of Ray Price’s “Crazy Arms” and a tribute to country stalwart Jimmie Rodgers on “Mississippi Railroad Blues.” The woeful “Drifting Apart” is a John Conlee-style ballad, gracefully punctuated by weeping steel guitar and earnest background vocals. The album’s most haunting songs are also the most enchanting, including the spiritual “Porter Wagoner’s Grave” and “Hangman,” which Marty wrote with Johnny Cash only days before the iconic singer’s death. Ghost Train is a captivating achievement.

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