#147 Marty Stuart – This One’s Gonna Hurt You (1992)

Although Marty Stuart was a relatively unknown entity when this album was released in July of 1992, he was no newcomer to the country scene. He was 34 years old and was releasing his 7th album for his 4th record company. He had been married to Cindy Cash, the daughter of music legend Johnny Cash and had played in Johnny’s band.He worked as a studio musician on the “Class of ’55” album that also featured Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis from Sun Records.But it wasn’t until he wrote and recorded the duet “The Whiskey Ain’t Working'” the previous year with Travis Tritt that he created a buzz. The record kicks off with the eery intro including audio clips of Hank Williams Sr. and blasts into the bluesy “Me & Hank & Jumpin’ Jack Flash” that barely sounds country at all and is one of the high points of the disc. It serves as an edgy intro to the rest of the record and moves into “High On A Mountain” an upbeat, guitar driven song that also features Marty’s exquisite mandolin playing.The title song was another duet with Tritt and was the first single released from the record and was a whiskey soaked hit that help to launch the album into a country radio hit. Stuart doesn’t allow himself to be pigeon-holed with this album and explores many musical genres. In the middle he throws in a C & W standard “Just Between You & Me” without apologies the next song is “Hey Baby” a great piece of quick time country bubble gum song dripping with a sappy, I Love You theme. Then he does a great rockabilly duet with his ex father in law Johnny Cash making “‘ Time” another one of the albums highlights, especially when Johnny’s haunting voice comes in halfway thru the song, it almost gives you chills. Next up is the other big hit off this album “Now That’s Country” a song that obviously was aimed straight at country radio without a hint of subtlety. The albums 9th cut starts with a rock guitar riff that drives “The King Of Dixie” and is yet another homage to Hank Sr. Marty is a more traditionally based country artist, more prone to be seen sitting in with a bluegrass than with Garth Brooks. But he took a shot at the mainstream during the country boom and it worked. This would be his biggest hit, both in sales and commercial acceptance, and be his only platinum album.

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