Once Upon a Time (Marty Stuart album)

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Once Upon a Time
Studio album by Marty Stuart
Released 1992
Genre Bluegrass, country
Language English
Label CMH
Marty Stuart chronology
Once Upon a Time
This One's Gonna Hurt You

Once Upon a Time is the sixth studio album of country/bluegrass singer Marty Stuart. The album is mostly acoustic, featuring mainly bluegrass songs and Marty Stuart's mandolin. It is a retrospective of Stuart's teenage work[1] during his time with Lester Flatt and Nashville Grass; the All Music Guide to Country describes the album as "certainly a special compilation" of a "true musical treasure" that "documents the early years and provides a glimpse into the development of an artist of character and quality."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Take A Little Time" Marty Stuart/T.M. Coleman Marty Stuart  
2. "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)" Joe Maphis/Rose Lee Maphis/Max Fidler Marty Stuart  
3. "Orange Blossom Special" (Live) E.T. Rouse Marty Stuart & Clarence 'Tater' Tate  
4. "Mother Maybelle" J. Maphis/R. Maphis Marty Stuart & Johnny Cash  
5. "The Bluebirds Are Singing For Me" Lester Flatt Marty Stuart  
6. "Till The End Of The World Rolls Around" Flatt Marty Stuart  
7. "Roanoke" J. Ahr Marty Stuart  
8. "Cannonball Blues" M. Christian Marty Stuart  
9. "I Don't Love Nobody" Flatt Marty Stuart  
10. "The Sun's Coming Up" D. Gaskin Marty Stuart  
11. "What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul?" M. Christian Marty Stuart & Curly Seckler  
12. "Bluegrass Shuffle" M. Christian Marty Stuart  
13. "Black Mountain Rag" T. Magness Marty Stuart  
14. "Somebody Loves You Darlin'" W. Morris/Z. Morris Marty Stuart & Curly Seckler  
15. "Sugar Lee" B. Holmes Marty Stuart  
16. "Two In The Morning" M. Christian Marty Stuart  


  • Johnny Cash- vocals on "Mother Maybelle"
  • Pete Corum- bass, background vocals
  • Lester Flatt- vocals on "The Bluebirds Are Singing for Me"
  • Kenny Ingram- banjo, background vocals
  • Curly Seckler- rhythm guitar, mandolin, background vocals, lead vocals on "What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul" and "Somebody Loves You Darlin'
  • Marty Stuart- acoustic guitar, mandolin, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Clarence "Tater" Tate- fiddle, background vocals, lead vocals on "Orange Blossom Special"
  • Blake Williams- 5-string banjo


  1. ^ Edward Morris, "Hills Alive With Sound of Country Music", Billboard, August 1, 1992, p.25. Excerpt available at Google Books.
  2. ^ All Music Guide to Country (Hal Leonard Corporation, 1997), ISBN 978-0-87930-475-1, p.456. Excerpt available at Google Books.