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Marty Stuart’s Way Out West


     Marty Stuart’s Way Out West: A Country Music Odyssey
opens Jan. 23 at the Woody Guthrie Center,

presented by the GRAMMY Museum®


Stuart to appear at opening-night event for members Jan. 22

TULSA, Okla. – The roots of country music run deep in Tulsa, Nashville, and eastern parts of the United States, but the latest exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center takes a view from the west, with the collection of songwriter and musician Marty Stuart showcasing the influence of iconic artists who at some time called the West Coast home.

The Woody Guthrie Center presents Marty Stuart’s Way Out West: A Country Music Odyssey, curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, will display items to highlight the West Coast impact on country music, including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Stuart himself. Several items in the exhibit come from the private collection of Stuart, who also serves as guest curator. Some of the items in the exhibit include:

  • Handwritten lyrics to Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Man in Black”
  • Cash’s Martin D-45 guitar
  • Items from Marty Stuart’s childhood
  • Buck Owens’ “Pledge to Country Music”
  • Handwritten lyrics and two guitars from Merle Haggard
  • Instrument and wardrobe items from Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  • Photographs captured by Stuart
  • Unique wardrobe items from America’s “Most Colorful Hillbilly Band” Maddox Brothers and Rose
  • And more

The exhibit will open to Woody Guthrie Center members on Jan. 22 with a special performance and presentation by Stuart and his band at the Center. The event is $15 for members, and seating will be limited. Call 918-574-2710 to reserve your spot. The exhibit opens to the public Jan. 23 and will be on display until May 6. Information on membership opportunities can be found at Space will be limited for the opening night member event.

“As a historical archive and learning center, the Woody Guthrie Center is proud to feature Marty Stuart’s incredible collection of country music artifacts with our guests,” said Deana McCloud, executive director of the Woody Guthrie Center. “The impact that country music had and continues to have on Oklahoma is significant, and we look forward to sharing some of that history through the amazing items included in this exhibit.”

The exhibit also shares a name with Stuart’s latest album, Way Out West, which was released in March and honors the West Coast influences in country music, and not just the Bakersfield tradition but the influences of surf music and spaghetti Western soundtracks. To see Stuart on his current tour, visit for dates and tour stops. For more information on Stuart, please contact

For more information about the exhibit or the Woody Guthrie Center, contact Deana McCloud at