HURON, S.D. -The South Dakota State Fair announces country legends Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will perform on Friday, Aug. 30.
Raised on gospel music, Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin began entertaining at 2, 4, and 6 years old in churches and then guest appearances on the Slim Willet radio and TV shows in Abilene, Texas.
Fast forward to 1972 when Larry landed a solo deal through friend Kris Kristofferson and invited his brothers to sing backup. In 1974, the release of the album 'The Pilgrim' earned him his first No. 1 hit and Grammy award winner with Broken Lady. That same year the brothers were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
The success of the next album that featured the No. 1 hit I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love encouraged the brothers to become an official trio, signing a group deal with Columbia Records. Over the next decade, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers scored more than a dozen Top 40 hits, including Denver, "The Lady Takes The Cowboy Every Time, and All the Gold in California.
Marty Stuart, a five-time Grammy winning country artist, has been touring and releasing albums since the 1980s. He released his first self-titled album in 1986 with the hit Arlene. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Stuart released more albums gaining him several top ten hits.
In 1991, he recorded Whiskey Ain't Workin, a duet with Travis Tritt on the album, It's All About to Change, which quickly rose to be Stuart's biggest hit. Stuart released his latest album, Nashville Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down, last year.
Little Things, Burn Me Down, Tempted and Hillbilly Rock are also on Stuart's long list of hits.