Known to many as a Country legend, who understands the heart of Country and Bluegrass music, Marty Stuart embarks on new territory, but one that is not unfamiliar to him, with a debut Gospel album, “Souls’ Chapel.” The project is also the first of a trilogy of diverse collections based in rich Southern culture, which Stuart will release on his new Superlatone Records imprint with Universal South.
“Souls’ Chapel” effectively blends a variety of styles from Gospel to Bluegrass and Country flavored songs. This collection of twelve songs don’t stray far from Stuart’s Southern roots. “Souls’ Chapel” was recorded outside Nashville, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at Stuart’s home by he and his band the Fabulous Superlatives — drummer Harry Stinson, bassist Brian Glenn, and guitarist Kenny Vaughan — along with a handful of other musicians, including drummer Chad Cromwell and the great Muscle Shoals producer Barry Beckett. Stinson, Glenn and Vaughan also contribute background and lead vocals instead of their usual instrumental work.
The project’s highlights include the bluesy “Way Down,” a Stuart-Stinson penned original, the moving Albert E. Brumley number “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time,” and “Move Along Train,” which is a lovely duet Stuart does with Mavis Staples of the legendary Staples Singers.
“Souls’ Chapel” goes beyond the traditional boundaries and covers some new territory. It’s a pleasing collection of songs that will inspire and provide hope to a wide-range of listeners. What started as singing Gospel songs on a tour bus has turned into a well-done masterpiece!