Country legend Marty Stuart and his band The Fabulous Superlatives put on quite a show at the Greenwich Odeum Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Behind his sincere country charm, Stuart is no doubt a legendary frontman… and the trio behind him is one of the best in the music business… country or otherwise. The band demonstrated impeccable musicianship while providing a degree of showmanship rarely seen these days.

Labeled a traditional country act, the band moved through multiple musical genres, from surf to bluegrass, gospel to rock and roll. Stuart dubbed RI the “surf capital” while the band shined on a couple of guitar favorites, the opener “Graveyard,” and later, a raucous cover of the Safari’s “Wipe Out” anchored by bass player Chris Scruggs on lead. Yeah, you read that right. Look it up on YouTube, you’ll see what I mean.

The show included favorites like “This One’s Gonna Hurt You,” “Look at That Girl,” and “Tempted,” featuring Kenny Vaughn’s impressive Telecaster lead. Vaughn, known as Cousin Kenny, is a guitarist’s guitarist, and one of the best in the business. Simple as that.

Other highlights included the Travis Tritt cover “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” and a sublime version of “Matches,” with the road-worthy lyric “Matches, I need some matches, cause I still got one old bridge I need to burn.”

Drummer Harry Stinson stepped up on guitar for a couple of tunes, including a nice version of the Woody Guthrie classic “Pretty Boy Floyd,” underscoring the classic verse: “Through this world I’ve wandered, I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.”

Several acoustic tunes showcased the band’s skills, and the sound quality at the Odeum was the best I’ve heard in a long time. The Willie Nelson cover “Me and Paul,” was superb and came with a great story about Willie, while the Rouse Brothers classic “Orange Blossom Special,” showcased Stuart’s out-of-this-world mandolin skills.

Further credit to the band .. when they appeared for their planned two-song encore, a heckler pleaded for Stuart to play the Marty Robbins classic, “Poor Side of Town.” Amazingly, without any prior notice or rehearsal, Stuart found the right key and sang a few verses with the band right behind him. It was a memorable moment, seeing the band pull it together off-script. You don’t see that much anymore.

If you get the chance, do not miss this band! Meanwhile, check out some impressive photos of the evening from WUN photographer Rick Farrell.

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.