“If I did anything right in this picture,” said Marty Stuart, as he introduced the Nashville premiere screening of All the Pretty Horses, “it was to put together the right Nashville team.” Stuart and fellow Nashville musicians Kristin Wilkinson and Larry Paxton had just learned earlier in the day that their score for the film had been nominated for a Golden Globe award.
The screening was held Thursday night (Dec. 21) at the Regal Green Hills cineplex to raise funds for the T. J. Martell Foundation, the music industry charity that researches cures for cancer, leukemia and AIDS. Among the music crowd in attendance were all three of the score’s composers, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs, Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell and Jason Sellers.
Stuart was effusive in his praise of Nashville music. “It will go anywhere you take it and shine,” he asserted.
Ever attentive to details, Stuart warned the crowd that there were only “a couple of scenes [in the movie] where people get killed, and you can cover your eyes.” Otherwise, he promised, “it’s a good family picture.” Alluding to the Cormac McCarthy novel on which the movie is based, Stuart remarked, “I love the book, although I haven’t read it.”
Yet another Nashville element in the film is the brief appearance of the Mavericks’ lead singer, Raul Malo, who, in a triumph of typecasting, plays the lead singer of a band in a dance scene. A particular delight was hearing Stuart’s complete performance of “Far Away” over the closing credits. The soundtrack album will be available on Sony Classics.