Marty Stuart on Country's 'Mother Church'
Musician Marty Stuart explains how the “Grand Ole Opry” became the heart of Nashville. Just one of the stories in Country Music, the sweeping new series from filmmaker Ken Burns – coming to PBS September 15th at 8/7c. #CountryMusicPBS.
STUART: All of his children had come to the
mother church of country music.
It was almost like a badge of honor
that you had to bring your culture with you
to the table.
That's why Bob Wills and his guys
brought us western music.
That's why Hank Williams brought the south
with him from Honky Tonks.
Johnny Cash brought the black land dirt of Arkansas.
Bill Monroe brought music out of Kentucky, bluegrass music.
Willie Nelson brought his poetry from Texas.
Patsy Cline brought her heart ache from Virginia.
I mean it was the most wonderful parade
of sons and daughters of America
that brought their hearts and their souls
and their experiences
and it gave us a great era in country music.