"I got kicked out of school a few weeks in, because I was caught reading a country-music song roundup book inside my history book," Marty Stuart says. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tracey Thorn's third album focuses on the small details in life: weddings, singles bars and the size of one's jeans. Edward Bishop hide caption

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Marty Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Miss., where he taught himself to play both the guitar and mandolin as a teenager. James Minchin III hide caption

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