Over the years, Stuart has become a major collector of country-music memorabilia, and his acquisitions -- including Ernest Tubb's tour bus, Hank Snow's Nudie suit and Roy Orbison's guitar -- take up whole rooms at the Country Music Hall of Fame. He's also a serious photographer and a dedicated activist for the Lakota people. His music, moreover, has remained vital. The Pilgrim, Stuart's most recent work, was a commercial debacle but an artistic milestone -- a country concept album that works from start to finish. Stuart adopts the persona of the outlaw pilgrim, much as Nelson, Kristofferson and Cash have done, and navigates the bittersweet and brutal currents of working-class Southern life without getting swept away by pretension.
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