Country music has always been about Saturday night and Sunday morning, and Marty Stuart’s latest offering of his singular version of the music is organized around that duality. “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning” is a double album. Its first disc presents a roadhouse mix of high-test honky-tonk (“Sad House, Big Party,” “I’m Blue I’m Lonesome”), aching country (and country-soul, via a sublime cover of Charlie Rich’s “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs”), trad sounds (“Rough Around the Edges”), and rocking twang (“Look at That Girl”). “Sunday Morning” picks up where Stuart’s superb “Soul’s Chapel” left off, serving up Staples Singers-infused gospel (including a cover of “Uncloudy Day” with Mavis Staples), and more. Whether they’re going secular or sacred, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives are simply a well-oiled juggernaut of capaciously conceived twang. (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL “I’m Blue I’m Lonesome” (disc 1), “Heaven” (disc 2)Stuart Munro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.