The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 81 airing January 21, 2012

Guests: Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose, Connie Smith, and Leroy Troy, and The Fabulous Superlatives

Eddie Stubbs started the show by introducing the guests. "From Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world and home of the air castle of the south, it's time for The Marty Stuart Show featuring Marty Stuart, the Rolls Royce of country singers Miss Connie Smith, the ole Tennessee Slicker Leroy Troy, along with all the Fabulous Superlatives: Cousin Kenny Vaughan, Handsome Harry Stinson, the Apostle Paul Martin, plus Gary Carter on the steel guitar. It's a Maddox Brothers and Rose tribute today featuring Brother Don Maddox, along with Karen Wheeler and Chris Scruggs. Join us now for 30 minutes of fun and great country music. I'm Eddie Stubbs. Now how about a Superlative welcome for our host. Here is Marty Stuart." Marty said, "Thank you very much. Gonna play 'Walkin' In My Sleep now.' " Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Walkin' In My Sleep,." which featured Eddie Stubbs, Karen Wheeler, Leroy Troy, and Chris Scruggs.

Marty said, " 'Walkin' In My Sleep', Karen. That's the way it is." He continued, "Welcome to The Marty Stuart Show. So glad you could join us. And today we're here to honor and pay tribute to one of the foundational families in country music. They were known as America's most colorful hillbilly band. They pioneered the entire west coast for us with their high octane brand of music. Buck Owens. Merle Haggard, and all the other west coast legends have cited this family as the greats who paved the way. From Brothers Cal, Henry, Fred, the hired hands, and Sister Rose took the stage, ladies and gentlemen, it was atomic and a beautiful sight to behold. They were not to be followed. There's one brother remaining and I'm so honored to have him here with us today. Representing, Superlatives, the Maddox Brothers and Rose, comin' to us all the way from Ashland, Oregon. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Mr. Don Maddox. Come here Don Juan. Hey. Hello Don Juan. Good to see you, pal." Don said, "Thank you very much." Marty said, "Aww, welcome, Don. Look-a here. They love you." Don said, "And this song I'm gonna do right now is called 'Step It Up And Go'. And this is in A." Marty said, "All right. A little applause, ladies and ...."

Don said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you." Marty said, "Mr. Don Juan Maddox right there." Eddie promoted Connie Smith's CD, Long Line Of Heartaches. After a commercial break, there was a montage of audio, video, and photographs of the Maddox Brothers and Rose. Marty said, "Welcome back, everybody. The Maddox Brothers and Rose, Superlatives. And over on the hay bale, how 'bout a hand for Miss Karen Wheeler, everybody. And, Superlatives? Hard to believe, Don Juan and his mule fiddle right there. Mr. Don Maddox, everybody. Turn around and show 'em your shirt, Don. America's most colorful hillbilly band." Don said, "You said 'The Superlatives'. What does superlative mean? I'm an old hillbilly and that's too big a word to me." Marty said, "It means we're dog gone good." Don said, "Thank you for explaining it." Marty said, "Speakin' of dog gone good, how 'bout a hand for Miss Connie Smith, everybody. Come here, baby. Look out. Hi Constance." Connie said, "How are you doin'?" Marty continued, "Did you hear Don tear up that fiddle song?" Connie said, "I heard him. That was great. We're proud to have you on this show." Don said, "I'm proud to be here." Marty said, "How 'bout a song from Sister Rose Maddox. Whataya think? Talk about it." Connie said, "I'd be honored. She was a great singer and it's kinda hard to follow her but I'm gonna do my best." Marty said, "What's it called?" Connie said, "It's called I'm goin' 'Down, Down, Down'." Marty said, "That's the one."

Marty said, " 'Down, Down, Down'." Eddie promoted Nashville, Volume I: Tear The Woodpile Down. Eddie said, "Great work, Marty. 'The Lonely Kind'." After a commercial break, Marty said, "I'm honored to tell ya that this show is sponsored by the Magnolia state. I'm speakin' of the great state of Mississippi. A place I dearly love. Mississippi is regarded as the birthplace of America's music. Mississippi also serves as host to nearly 200 historical stops along the way on the Blues and Country Music Trails that run thoughout the state. Now if you're travelin' through Sledge, Mississippi, you might consider visitin' one of country music's great heroes, Mr. Charley Pride's trail marker. 225 miles down the road from Sledge you're gonna find the Emerald City of Meridian, Mississippi, a royal musical destination. The good news is that fast progress is bein' made on the building which will serve as the mother ship for all things created in Mississippi. I'm speakin' of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center. The entertainment center will serve as home to the stories, songs, paintings, archives and treasures from the musicians, writers, visual artists, pickers, sinners, saints, prophets and poets of the past, present and future that call Mississippi home. I consider it an honor to be a legacy of the state that claims the likes of Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Tammy Wynette, Eudora Welty, Pops Staples, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Willliam Faulkner, just to name a few. We'll all be at the entertainment center so how 'bout a hand for dear ole Mississippi, Charley Pride's trail marker in Sledge, and Meridian, Mississippi and it's buildin' of the Arts and Entertainment Center. Speakin' of entertainment, this next one is gonna be big. Leroy and Karen, you had to call a lawyer in. Who's that behind ya?"

Leroy: "We sure did. Laywer Don Maddox."

Marty: "The great Philadelphia lawyer."

Karen: "He's the Philadelphia lawyer."

Marty: "That's him. That's him."

Karen: "And you're gonna be Wild Bill, right?"

Marty: "Am I Wild Bill? Okay, that'll be The Apostle Paul, then. Well, who's got it, Leroy?"

Leroy: "Goes like this."

Marty: "All right."

Karen Wheeler and Don Maddox joined Leroy on "The Philadelphia Lawyer."

Marty said, "Thank you, lawyer Maddox." Don said, "You're welcome." Marty said, "All right. Yes." Eddie said, " 'The Philadelphia Lawyer'. A song written specifically for the Maddox Brothers and Rose by Woody Guthrie. One good song deserves another. Connie Smith is going to do this one for us today, joined by the cast. The Maddox Brothers and Rose had this out back in the late 40's and it became an instant classic. 'Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet'."

After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back, everybody. Hasn't this been a great show today? Chris Scruggs, Superlatives, Eddie Stubbs, Karen, Leroy, Connie, and our honored guest. Come here Mr. Don Juan Maddox. On behalf of every country music band that ever traveled the west coast circuit, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. We are honored to have you here today." Don said, "Well, thank you for havin' me." Marty said, "Yes, sir. Couple of things. As a matter of fact, every time we have ever done a television show since the very first one, Sister Rose's dress has been with us and a painting of The Maddox Brothers and Rose." Don said, "Yeah." Marty continued, "And I wondered which one you were. You're the good lookin' one on there, ain't ya? Well, we're glad to have ya. Hey, a couple of family business things to take care of. The Academy of Country Music in Los Angeles. It's kinda the mother ship of all things great in California. Mr. Butch Waugh, the board of directors' President, and Tiffany Moon, the general manager, have come by to say hello and bring you a little token from the Academy of Country Music. Would you make them welcome, please. Where are you, Butch. Where are you, Tiffany. Aww, here they come. Yeah. Meet Don Maddox."

Butch Waugh said, "Don, on behalf of the Academy of Country Music and our chairman Bob Romeo, Tiffany Moon, the general manager of the ACMs and I would like to present you with this plaque in recognition of your pioneering efforts and your contributions to country music." Don said, "Thank you very much." Marty said, "All right." Don said, "It's beautiful." Butch said, "Congratulations." Marty said, "Thank you, Butch." Turning to Don, Marty said, "Do me a favor. Let me have your fiddle for just a second. We'll give it to Apostle Paul." Don said, "Okay." Marty continued, "I gotcha a present for your birthday. On behalf of the America's most colorful hillbilly band, Happy Birthday Don Maddox." Don said, "Well, how about that." Marty said, "It fits. Cinderella, it fits." Don said, "Well, thank you very much. Well, I never expected.anything like this. And I've heard about the Golden Years and I thought 'yeah, right'. The Golden Years are when you get my age. But this is really the Golden Years' for me and Marty brought me back here and he paid me and my wife's airfare back here and he put us up at the ah ah,"

Marty said, "Opryland Hotel." Don said, "Opryland Hotel which I'd never been there before because I'm a Motel 6 kind of guy. And we got up there last night and he's got us the Presidential Suite up there and it's as big as this place. It's got two double beds in there. It's got two toilets. And I hardly ever use one toilet so I don't know what I'm gonna do with two toilets.And we got a big party room up there and it's just me and my wife in there so I wanna invite all you guys up for a big party tonight and Marty's gonna pay for all of it." Marty said, "One more piece of business. The Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers have come by to honor you and all the family today so Eddie Stubbs is gonna kick off 'Bile 'Em Cabbage Down'. If Apostle Paul will give you your fiddle back, you can jump in when you want to. How 'bout that." Don said, "That sounds great to me." Marty continued, "On behalf of The Maddox Brothers and Rose, how 'bout a hand for Eddie Stubbs and his flyin' fiddle and 'Bile 'Em Cabbage Down'. Come in Edwardo."

Marty said, "The Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers, ladies and gentlemen. Hit it Cous. On behalf of Don Maddox, Connie Smith, Leroy Troy, the Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers, Gary Carter, Chris Scruggs, The Academy of Country Music, and all The Superlatives, I'm Marty Stuart sayin' thank you for joinin' us. The Maddox Brothers and Rose."

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