Marty Stuart grew up in the small town of Philadelphia, Mississippi surrounded by country music, which he taught himself to play on a family guitar when he was 12 years old. Marty soon learned the mandolin and began writing songs for local dances and school events. During his NAMM interview he spoke about the importance of having access to a local music store to purchase strings, strum his dream guitar, and take lessons. As his career developed and he became a popular country artist and songwriter, Marty continued to seek out local music stores to learn about new products.
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