Marty Stuart Premieres New Song, "Homesick"

On February 9, in honor of Valentine's Day, Amazon Music (opens in new tab) will add 30 new songs to its Amazon Original playlists “Love Me” and “Love Me Not.” (opens in new tab)

Today we're exclusively premiering one of those brand-new tracks, Marty Stuart's "Homesick." "Homesick" is a classic Jimmy Martin tune that Stuart and his longtime band, the Fabulous Superlatives, covered on 2006's Live at the Ryman. This new recording, however, represents the band's first official studio version of the song.

"'Homesick' is one of the first songs the Superlatives and I learned together," Stuart tells us. "We got it from the king of bluegrass, Jimmy Martin and His Sunny Mountain Boys. We love Jimmy's music. His sound was lonesome and he definitely put the blues into his bluegrass sound. Our version is really just a hot-wired version of Jimmy's masterpiece—raw, heartfelt and bluesy. I know exactly what this song is talking about, and I'll bet you do too. If you don't, stick around and you will."

The recording is dripping with the tasteful, bluesy, reverb-laden guitar playing we've come to expect from Stuart and Superlatives guitarist Kenny Vaughan, and it makes a fine "bonus track" to the band's 2017 album, Way Out West.

For more information, check out Amazon Music (opens in new tab), the "Love Me"/"Love Me Not" playlists (opens in new tab) and martystuart.net.

Marty Stuart with 'Clarence,

Marty Stuart with 'Clarence, (Image credit: Alysse Gafkjen)

Superlatives photo (GuitarWorld.com homepage) by Alysse Gafkjen

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.