"Too many CD's on Amazon get 5-star ratings because dedicated fans write favorable reviews. This one deserves 5 stars and more. Marty Stuart, a traditional Country historian, musician and philosopher came up with a CD that touched on but did not rip off all the best of the country genres. He even went as far as to have a contemporary star (Travis Tritt) appear for the title tune and back that up with a rousing duet with former father-in-law Johnny Cash on another, Doin' My Time. You've got to hear Marty's band drop the octave for The Man In Black on this tune, it's classic. This CD rocks and rolls, it has that back-country spirit, ballads, hard-drivin' step-out guitars playing honky-tonk riffs, you name it. Unfortunately, since Marty declines to wear a hat his imprint in country music is still overshadowed by the Hat Acts and you know who I mean. But they don't have more talent, they don't play a guitar/Dobro/mandolin better, and they don't have an all-good-songs CD like this, either. He sure made me a part of his "Honky-Tonk Crowd", I'll tell you. On the other hand, like George Harrison, topping this one is never gonna be easy! Buy this CD and play it for your "don't-like-country-music" friends...."
V. Pierce | Tennessee, United States | 11/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Marty's best work (Pre "The Pilgrim". Now That's Country is pure Marty. A little rockabilly, a little country. His guitar sounds and ability to rock his country sets him apart from the pack. His duet with Travis Tritt is wonderful fun. Just Between You and Me is nice and easy to listen to. Marty's voice is sweet and sincere. Hey Baby is also pure Marty at his best. Other than "The Pilgrim" this is Marty's best work."
One of the best albums ever
Jess | Coal Country, PA | 01/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album needs to be included when discussing the top country albums of all times.....definately one of the top 5 of the '90's. With the exception of "The Pilgrim", this is Marty's finest album. While "The Pilgrim" is by far his best work, it is a concept album much like an opera. "This One's Gonna Hurt You" is just plain, straight forward, hardcore country/honkytonk/hillbilly music, with no apologies. Everyone knows that Marty is one of the premiere guitarists (or any stringed instrument, for that matter), but this album showcases his voice. The opening number "Me & Hank...." is an oration of a conversation backed by the finest Tennessee-style blues, but at it's end, simply breaks into a country standard that will blow you away (High on a Mountain Top). Them Travis Tritt is introduced to sing the title track with Marty; here was a great duet. The album has a few rockabilly/blues based tunes, but the highlights remain the true-blue hillbilly sounds, such as Marty's rendition of Charley Pride's (and Dolly & Porter's) "Just Between You & Me". "Hey Baby" is a masterpiece, plain & simple, yet recalls the psychobilly sound of the late '60's. An appearance by Johnny Cash in "Doin' My Time" is also included, and folks, if Marty's guitar work on this Cash standard doesn't torment your brain, you are already dead. The last great song on this album (and they're all good) is "The King of Dixie"; Marty's rocking tribute to Hank. Yes, Country Music's Golden Era was indeed the 50's-60's, but thanks to folks like Dwight and Marty, we can have the modern "Classics"....and this is a Classic album."
What a dream
James S. Graham | st.louis, mo | 01/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i'm kinda new to marty stuart and country music in general, but this is really neat stuff. i've listened to it three, maybe four times in a row now and it still has my head ringing like somebody whacked me with a two-by-four. his guitar work is great and the concept of the album is sheer genius. although, when i go to heaven, i won't be looking up hank williams. pickup on it! it rocks, like your favorite bar jukebox right there in your house. i know this one will be in the 50+ disc player for the entire summer season for barbques and evening entertainment."