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Marty Stuart, ‘Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down’

Marty Stuart tells the world about his mission every chance he gets — which is, after all, what you expect from a man with a mission. So it’s no surprise to find that another statement serves as the liner notes to his new release. “When I reconnected with country music,” Stuart concludes, “I found myself, my calling . . . to champion it, love it, protect it . . . and to make sure that everybody understands that it’s alive and well in the 21st century.” He walks the walk in many ways, including the albums he makes. This one is no different. It’s full of Stuart’s turbo-charged version of hardcore trad country: the guitar (and, courtesy of guest legend Buck Trent, electric banjo) pyrotechnics of “Tear the Woodpile Down,” the irresistible, mandolin-driven shuffle of “Truck Driver's Blues,” the Haggard-channeling “Going, Going, Gone,” and the shimmering gravitas of “The Lonely Kind,” and “A Song of Sadness.” Cue up any of the songs on “Nashville” and you hear the sound of Stuart’s mission being fulfilled. (Out Tuesday) Stuart Munro

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