Inside Marty Stuart's Forgotten Native American Opus 'Badlands'

Ten years since its release, Stuart's musical tribute to the Lakota Sioux is as poignant as ever

By Michael Streissguth

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When he hits the road this fall, Marty Stuart will take a few minutes to tell the story of Badlands: Ballads of the Lakota, his daring concept album about the Lakota Sioux, released 10 years ago this October. It's a decidedly under-the-radar release, and no doubt some fans who have never heard the album will arch their eyebrows when Stuart lights into the title track. But the project holds a special place in the singer-songwriter's catalog — and stands as one of the best overlooked records of the past decade...

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