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: 57406


  1. Desert Prayer, Pt. 1
  2. Mojave
  3. Lost on the Desert
  4. Way Out West
  5. El Fantasma Del Toro
  6. Old Mexico
  7. Time Don’t Wait
  8. Quicksand
  9. Air Mail Special
  10. Torpedo
  11. Please Don’t Say Goodbye
  12. Whole Lotta Highway (With a Million Miles to Go)
  13. Desert Prayer, Pt. 2
  14. Wait for the Morning
  15. Way Out West (Reprise)

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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