Just Among Friends

This appeared in The Neshoba Democrat - June 5, 2013

Marty Stuart left home for Nashville in 1972 to follow his dream, "To have my own bus, wear fancy clothes, and play guitar." Forty-one years later, Marty returns home, bringing Nashville with him.

Marty's dream was in Nashville. His heart is, and always has been, at Route 8, Philadelphia, Mississippi.

The Marty Stuart Show is completing its fifth season as RFD-TV's top-rated show, in as many years, and enjoys an estimated viewing audience of ten million people per week!

It may be viewed in Philadelphia on RFD-TV Channel 14 every Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Friday evening, June 28, 2013, at 7 p.m. in downtown Philadelphia's historic Ellis Theater, the show, in its entirety, will tape the final show of the season, and you're invited!

Marty convinced the RFD-TV "big dogs" to come, "Let me show you what I'm talkin' about". He is thrilled over the opportunity to "show off" Philadelphia, which has always been home to him.

"I have been paying since 1994 to keep up and improve this place", he told me, as we walked over the pine needle covered land, shaded by towering pines in the Arlington Community, once the home place of his grandparents, Elry and Hattie Darby Johnson, and his mother, Hilda Johnson Stuart. "Every time I come here, I know it was worth it. This feels like home."

The show will feature Marty's entire band and crew, including his wife, Connie Smith, who is as much in love with "Six White Horses" as is Marty.

Therein lies an interesting story as to how their Neshoba County home got its name.

A special local feature of the show will be the appearance of Peggy (Webb) of "Peggy's" Restaurant. Marty describes Peggy as a "treasure, a true lady, and a Southern institution".

By Rachel Wood

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