Sparkle and Twang

Marty Stuart’s traveling memorabilia collection,”Sparkle and Twang,” containing about 20,000 items was on display at the MSU Riley Center July 10-Sept. 18, 2010. It is the largest country music couture collection of performance costumes, accessories, personal letters and instruments collected by country music artist Marty Stuart including Elvis Presley’s sweater, an outfit of Patsy Cline’s along with the last pair of boots that she wore, suits which belonged to Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Hank Thompson, David Allan Coe, Mel Tillis, The Maddox Brothers and clothes from Rose Maddox. The exhibit features handwritten lyrics such as “Cold, Cold Heart” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams Sr. and “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Man in Black” by Johnny Cash. This is also an interactive exhibit which tells the story of Stuart’s personal experiences with some of the most famous stars of American roots music. 

When Marty was 13, he began saving money for his performance costume. He was in California to play some shows with Lester Flatt. He went to Nudie’s (a premier Western-wear shop in North Hollywood, recently closed) with $250. It was only a fraction of what an outfit cost. Manuel was working as a designer there at that time. He told him to come back one day and he’d make him a suit, and he gave him a shirt. Marty indeed came back to Manuel.

Missisisppi actress Sela Ward was present at the festivities and I was fortunate enough to get some pictures with her and the other celebrities!

Sela Ward and Wynne

Wynne and Marty Stuart

Connie Smith

Wynne and Manuel, who makes Marty Stuart’s elaborate suits

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