Sporting a classic Nashville look and a traditional honky-tonk sound, singer-songwriter and guitarist Marty Stuart personifies the melding of old country and new Nashville, an aesthetic honed from years of backing country music's patriarchy. Stuart went on the road with Lester Flatt when he was only 13 years old, and later worked with Johnny Cash, Vassar Clements, and Doc Watson before making his solo debut in 1982. He hit the U.S. country Top 20 in '85, and slowly but surely built up his reputation. By the '90s, he was a full-fledged country success. Stuart remains a popular live performer.