Marty Stuart To Launch Country Music TV Show

This appeared in USA Today - August 26, 2008

Marty Stuart thinks there's room on TV for the style of country music he remembers from The Porter Wagoner Show, Flatt & Scruggs and, of course, Hee Haw.

So Stuart decided to create his own TV show. The Marty Stuart Show will begin airing this November on Sunday nights on the RFD-TV cable network.

Each episode will feature music by Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, and special guests.

"This show is about authenticity, from the artists who visit us in the studio every week to the people watching at home," said Stuart, a sideman with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before embarking on a successful solo career in the '80s. "I want to establish a show that gives a voice and stage to traditional country music."

Stuart will host and produce the 30-minute episodes. Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs will be his sidekick.

Nashville-based RFD-TV is a rural lifestyle network with programming includes livestock auctions, tractor pulls, rodeo events, cooking shows, variety programs and old syndicated TV programs.

Stuart's show will be part of the prime time lineup with Hee Haw reruns, Postcards from Nebraska and Music & Motors.

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