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Single Review: Marty Stuart – ‘Whole Lotta Miles (With A Million More To Go)’

maxresdefaultAs I began writing this review, I started thinking about the last time a real truck drivin’ anthem made a play at country radio. I had to go back twenty years for Sawyer Brown’s cover of the Dave Dudley classic “Six Days on the Road.” Before that, all I could think of was Alabama’s “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler).”

There used to be a time, long since in the rearview mirror, when mainstream country music cared about the working class, the blue collar folks who make their living keeping our country afloat each and every day. It’s hard to believe there used to be an era when paychecks and harsh realities outweighed the scantily clad country girls fulfilling the fantasies of horny teenage boys.

Marty Stuart is looking to resurrect the long-forgotten subgenre with “Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go).” Who better to take on this challenge than a man who has had traditional country music coursing through his veins since birth? Stuart is the master, a fact he’s proven time and again in his career and has turned into an art form over the past ten years.

“Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)” is a very good song and I have no doubt everyone brought his or her ‘A’ game to make this work. My problem is, I can’t get past the sound of this record at all. The wall-of-sound production drowns the song in loud twangy and steel guitars that could’ve been pleasant if they were turned downed in order to let the lyric, and Stuart’s vocal, breathe. There’s nothing wrong with the pacing or the melody, the song itself is just too damn loud.

It’s a shame, but then again, I do hold Stuart in a class of his own with expectations no normal human could ever reach. I’m still highly anticipating Way Out West, although my expectations have been slightly lowered after hearing “Whole Lotta Miles.”

Grade: B

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4 responses to “Single Review: Marty Stuart – ‘Whole Lotta Miles (With A Million More To Go)’

  1. Paul W Dennis February 3, 2017 at 6:42 am

    While I think the production could have been a little less loud, it is far quitter than much of the current Nashville product. I do think this song should have been taken at a slightly faster tempo

    I would give this a B+

  2. Ken February 3, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Not a bad song but I agree that technical issues make it almost un-listenable. With digital recording there’s no excuse for distortion. On top of that it sounds like there’s too much compression. It splatters all over the road and I don’t think that’s the type of “road song” they were going for.

  3. Luckyoldsun February 3, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    There’ve been quite a lot of truck-driving songs in alt-country/Americana in recent decades, even if they don’t make it to country radio. Junior Brown and Dale Watson have done albums-worth of such songs.
    I’d be more generous to Marty Stuart here than any of the folks above. I think this an A or A-. Marty’s vocal is solid, it has a great vibe, and I didn’t have any trouble hearing the words.

  4. Brett February 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    I didnt know there was any such thing as being too loud?! Haha. I believe this album will be killer. Marty and the Superlatives at their absolute best in my opinion.

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