Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan.
Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart, 54, has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary's zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the '70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash's band during the '80s and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the '90s.
Following her high school graduation, Connie Smith began singing locally at area frolics and on area television shows. It was at the country music park, Frontier Ranch, near Columbus, Ohio where Connie met Grand Ole Opry Star Bill Anderson. Anderson heard her perform and was impressed with her singing. Six months later Anderson invited her to Nashville to be a guest on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree. Within a year following her first visit to Music City, Connie was signed to RCA Victor Records by Chet Atkins and released the first recording of her career. The song, "Once A Day," topped the charts at number one where it stayed for an unprecedented eight weeks.
Smith's recording of "Once A Day" became the first debut single in country music history by a female artist to reach number one, a record that Smith maintained for the next 25 years. Her self-titled LP also reached number one, and served as the first of over 50 albums Smith has recorded to date.