The Pilgrim is a study piece of the iconic renaissance man of American music, Marty Stuart. This piece was part of the ten year annual commemorative bronze offerings for The Sounds of Texas Music Series, a highly praised series that is held in the beautifully refurbished Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe, Texas.
Marty is the living bridge that the history of a very important, singular American art form crosses back and forth over, daily. Although it can be deceiving, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives bring a living, breathing text and subtext to the beginning, middle and “now” of American music. On the surface, you can be led to believe it’s happy-go-lucky pickers from Nashville, cruising into your town in a John boat. When in reality, it is more akin to returning warriors in the Iliad sailing into your town on a victorious warship, laden and overflowing with rare and priceless treasures.
Let those who have eyes see, and those who have ears hear. Chances are more than rare that another musician (that played it) and historian (that lived it) of his caliber will ever pass by us again. I have immeasurable respect for his focus, talent and graceful way of sharing all three. That’s why when or if he calls, I will turn and help without question.
His work is important for all of us.