Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart

“I am honored to be a Mississippi boy. I am honored to stand amongst the greats of Mississippi with my name right there,” exclaimed Marty Stuart.

That’s how the opening ceremony started for the unveiling of Marty Stuart’s very own star on the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center’s walk of fame on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

The ceremony, held outside of the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian, unveiled Stuart’s star, which was placed between two Meridian natives, actress Sela Ward and the Father of Country Music Jimmie Rodgers.

“I’m a timeless romantic. We have dreams and plans to create a Country, Blues and Rock and Roll trail through the state. There is no other state that can claim what we can in terms of giving the world great music and entertainers,” Stuart said.

“I’m deeply honored for this star on the Walk of Fame and I invite everyone to come and walk on me,” he said smiling.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant was on hand for the ceremony.

“Here in the birthplace of country music we are presenting a star for a man who shines brightly in the state of Mississippi,” Bryant said.

Following the Walk of Fame ceremony a reception for guests included a preview of Stuart’s Sparkle and Twang exhibit, which was open to the public at the MSU Riley Center.

The exhibit featured collectibles ranging from performance costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal letters and musical instruments and unpublished photographs of such legends as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Listening stations, ambient audio and video documentaries were found throughout the exhibit.

Stuart began singing gospel as a child and was playing mandolin in Lester Flatt’s bluegrass band at the age of 13. He joined Johnny Cash’s band in 1980 and his successful solo career emerged in the late ’80s. His hits include “Hillbilly Rock,” “Little Things,” “‘Til I Found You,” “Tempted,” “Burn Me Down,” “Whiskey Ain’t Workin'” and “This One’s Gonna Hurt You,” with Travis Tritt.