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Marty Stuart's 'Late Night Jam' kicks off CMA Festival

For 17 years, the unofficial start of one of the biggest weeks for fans of country music has been Marty Stuart's "Late Night Jam," which precedes the four-day Country Music Association Festival.

Stuart kicked it off this year on Wednesday night with performances by country vocal powerhouse Chris Stapleton, country-rock pioneers Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, singer-songwriter John Prine and country singer Margo Price, as well as others. The show raises money for MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy.

At the Ryman Auditorium, Stuart told jokes and stories about growing up under the tutelage of Lester Flatts and Roy Acuff.