Pictured are: John Tinsley, Tracy Tinsley, John’s fiance Kearby Milliner, and Marty Stuart in Denver.
Pictured are: John Tinsley, Tracy Tinsley, John’s fiance Kearby Milliner, and Marty Stuart in Denver.
A recent trip to Denver to visit one of her sons and his fiancé gave Tracy Tinsley new perspective when she ran into old friend and hometown legend Marty Stuart.

At the Mission Ballroom, Denver’s newest music venue with a capacity of nearly 4,000, Stuart was playing a show with the Steve Miller Band and it was there she realized just how big Stuart’s following is and how important his museum here is.

“There were maybe 10 people around us that we got to talking to and most of them were big Marty Stuart fans and were excited about his museum and collection getting a home in Philadelphia,” she said of the trip in early August.

Stuart is working to develop the Congress of Country Music that will take up nearly an entire block around the Ellis Theater.

For her, something that she just knew as a big news at home was put into a national perspective.

“I don’t know that we know how lucky we are, actually I know we do but to see it in that context where there are all these people who do not know each other but are big fans of Marty Stuart and know whats going on in my hometown and its something they are thrilled and excited about just puts it all in perspective,” Tinsley said.

Tinsley said after the show they were taken backstage by Stuart’s good friend Doug Hudson of Florida, a prolific collector of country music artifacts and memorabilia. 

A businessman with ties to New York and Nashville, Hudson has put in some apartments in downtown Philadelphia at the corner of Church Avenue and Beacon Street.

Tinsley said she quickly told Stuart about all the enthusiasm she had encountered in the crowd.

“Marty was just tickled pink,” Tinsley said.

Tinsley said she got numbers and business cards from many of her new friends and looks forward to seeing them come to town when the museum opens.

She was visiting son John Tinsley and his fiance Kearby Milliner. John is 25. He and Kearby are still a year out from tying the knot. Tinsley said they are looking at a date for Labor Day Weekend 2020.

John has lived in Denver for about two years. He originally moved out there seeking his MBA at the University of Colorado Denver and settled into a job as a financial analyst in downtown Denver.

He said this was his first time meeting the country icon.

“He was a nice guy and very personable. It was easy to have a conversation with him and it was his idea to take a picture,” John said. “He has been a family friend for a long time and it was nice to finally meet him.”

John said that he was impressed by both Stuart’s performance and the enthusiasm he and his mom witnessed from the crowd.

After Marty, the following night they saw Lionel Richie at Red Rocks Amphitheater with some great friends.

Of Red Rocks, Tracy Tinsley said simply that it was “fun” and capped off an eclectic lineup she saw over the week.

“We really loved it,” she said. “We really went through a bunch of music genres that week.”