Tony Scherman
July 12, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Marty Stuart
Producers
MCA
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

Marty Stuart has smarts, taste, great guitar chops, and he’s a good-lookin’ cuss; the sole minus is an ordinary voice. All told, that adds up to plenty. He parties nearer the top with every album, and this is his best major-label outing yet. The Beatlesish guitar of ”Thanks to You,” the rotgut Delta blues of ”The Mississippi Mudcat and Sister Sheryl Crow” (in which Marty spies ”a damsel in dis dress”), and other smart little touches raise Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best way above country’s current crop of corn. A-

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