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VOL № CW024 — February 2023

Busy Bee Cafe

Marty Stuart
Why you'll love it...

“The moment country music was born, it started dying — at least according to a particular substrate of purists. For decades, they have dug in their heels for fiddle, for mandolin, for harmonies. Every so often, they get a win, pulling the rope over to their side in the endless tug-of-war between country music that incorporates the pop trends of the day (for both creative and commercial reasons), and country music that prioritizes mining the music’s widely mythologized tradition. 

Marty Stuart was one of those artists. On 1982’s Busy Bee Cafe, the singer and mandolin player flaunted his real country bona fides via both his prodigious picking and the gaudy talent among the album’s personnel — earned in the course of a career that had already, apocryphally, lasted a ...

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Sugar Hill
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Release Type
1 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Light Blue Galaxy Vinyl
Mastering Studio
Sterling Sound
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut From the Original Master Tapes by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
Listening Notes Booklet by Natalie Weiner
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