The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 82 airing January 28, 2012

Guests: John D. Loudermilk, Connie Smith, 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. And today's special guests, John D. Loudermilk and Mike Armistead. 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 and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Pretty Katy Kline."

Marty said, "Thank you very much. Thank you for comin' to see us today. Thank you for tunin' in. I'm Marty Stuart. You're watchin' The Marty Stuart Show. Here is The Fabulous Superlatives and we are proud and honored to have this gentleman come by to see us today. Proud to introduce this gentleman. His journey begain in Durham, North Carolina. He's a member in good standing of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Superlatives, he's also the first Carolinian to be awarded the Cherokee Metal of Honor. That's great. He's written over 1,000 songs, many of which we all know and love. A member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Today we're singin' all of his songs and sharin' his stories. He's a treasure. Ladies and gentlemen, the poet laureate of country music, please join me in welcoming the great John D. Loudermilk and his song 'Tobacco Road'."

Marty said, "Mr. John D. Loudermilk. What an honor. What an honor. What a song, boy. Mr. John D." Eddie promoted Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions. After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back, everybody. I'm Marty Stuart. You're watchin' The Marty Stuart Show. And, Superlatives? Restin' hisself easy is the poet laureate of country music, John D. Loudermilk. Thank you for comin', John. We're all about John D. Loudermilk songs today, Cous. And comin' through the door to sing one of the prettiest ones. How 'bout a hand for the great Connie Smith. Constance. Hi baby." Connie said, "Hi baby." Marty continued, "Sing a pretty John D. song." Connie said, "Yeah, I can't tell ya my favorite John D. Loudermilk but I can tell ya this is one of 'em." Marty said, "All right." Connie sang, "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye."

Marty said, "Aww, how pretty." Marty walked over to John D. Loudermilk. "All right. Hello, John D." John said, "Hello. How are you doin'?." Marty said, "My buddy, my buddy." John said, "Good to see ya." Marty said, "So honored you're here with us today." John said, "Well, thank ya. It's good to be here." Marty said, "I sure do love your songs." John said, "Thank you." Marty continued, "Did you hear what that lady said about us coming down the hallway together? 'Here comes bad news.'." John laughs, "Yeah. Yeah, forty years later." Marty and John laugh. Marty said, "She ain't far off." John said, "Well, Johnny Cash had a good record on this but he could pull it off coz he had the bad guy deal and I have to obey the law. I have to live around here." Marty said, "Now look who you talkin' to, boy." They both laugh. John said, "Would you help me sing this?" Marty said, "Please, sir. Be glad to." They performed "Bad News."

Marty said, "Bad news." John said, "All bad." Marty said, "Aww John." John said, "I tell ya." Eddie said, "Fine job there from Marty Stuart and John D. Loudermilk. 'Bad News'." Eddie promoted Connie's CD boxed set Just For What I Am." After a commercial break, Marty and Handsome Harry were on stage. Marty said, "Hey welcome back." Harry said, "Thank you." Marty continued, "Hey yes, sir. Handsome?" Harry said, "Yes." Marty said, "I appreciate everybody watchin' the show and I also appreciate the great state of Mississippi bein' our sponsor." Harry said, "I do, too. Yes, sir." Marty said, "Mississippi is regarded as the birthplace of America's music and throughout the state, you'll find nearly 200 historical stops that run along the Blues and Country Music Trails. A man whose name appears on both trail markers is Mr. Elvis Presley from Tupelo, Mississippi." Harry said, "Oh yeah, I've heard of him. Yes, sir." Marty said, "Yes, sir. Now a mere 145 miles down the road from Tupelo is the Emerald city of Meridian, Mississippi. Can I tell ya the story, Handsome?" Harry said, "I wish you would." Marty continued, "Well, it comes from Mr. J. L. Jones, the music-lovin' man in Jackson had the furniture store where he'd say, 'Drive a little and save a lot'." Harry said, "Oh yeah." Marty said, "It was 1956, happened at the Texaco station. J. L. was puttin' gas in his car. Big Cadillac limousine pulled up along side of him at the pump. The back door opened and out stepped none other than the King of rock 'n roll himself." Harry said, "Whoa." Marty continued, "Elvis Presley." Harry said, "That's big." Marty said, "You know what Elvis said to J. L.?" Harry said, "What did he say?" Marty said, "He said, 'What town is this?' J. L. said 'Meridian'. You know what Elvis said to J. L.?" Harry said, "What'd he say?" Marty said, "He said, 'I like Meridian. It's one of my favorite towns.' So there ya have it. An endorsement by the King of rock 'n roll and Meridian, Mississippi. You'll never know who you'll see." Harry said, "You never know." Marty said, "Have mercy." Harry said, "Come on down to Meridian." Marty said, "So how 'bout a hand for Mississippi, Elvis, big Cadillacs and the Emerald city of Meridian. We got it. How 'bout a hand for Leroy Troy, ladies and gentlemen. Come here, Leroy. Hey, there he is. You know what town this is? Nashville. Brought Mikey Armistead with ya."

Leroy: "Yeah. Little Mikey Armistead."

Marty: "There he is, of Goodlettsville."

Leroy: "Yup."

Marty: "Hey."

Leroy: "What."

Marty: "You bring a John D. Loudermilk song with ya today?"

Leroy: "I sure did."

Leroy performed "Waterloo."

Marty said, "Oh, what I'm talkin' about." Eddie said, "Leroy Troy and Mike Armistead together there with 'Waterloo'. A song written by John D. Loudermilk and Marijohn Wilkin. Those same two writers authored this tune. Connie Smith recorded it years ago with Nat Stuckey ....'God Will'."

After a commercial break, Eddie promoted Nashville, Volume I: Tear The Woodpile Down. Eddie said, "And now, back to Marty Stuart and John D. Loudermilk." Marty said, "How 'bout a nice hand for Eddie Stubbs, everybody. Good job, Eddie Stubbs. Connie and I went out to visit you at your home recently and you showed us a brand new John D. Loudermilk song." John said, "I haven't completely finished it yet, but it will be finished by the time the show's over I can tell ya." Marty said, "Sure would be honored to hear you sing it." John said, "Thank you so much." Marty said, "What do you call it?" John said, "All But The Flowers." Marty said, "Any story behind it?" John said, "No, it's just a mature song that I had no idea. See, I've been writin' songs for fifty years and this newer bunch are comin' out from, uh, the viewpoint is different now. As you get older, you see things differently. And this kinda represents what I'm doin' right now. But it's a ... it's called 'All But The Flowers' and I'd like to do it for the folks now." Marty said, "Be honored to have you do it. Mr. John D. Loudermilk and his brand new song."

Marty said, "Thank you, Mr. Loudermilk. Take it home, Cous. Aww, what a beautiful job. On behalf of John D. Loudermilk, .Connie Smith, Leroy, Mike Armistead, all The Superlatives and Gary Carter and Eddie Stubbs, I'm Marty Stuart sayin' thank you for watchin' us tonight. Come back and see us again. Anytime you want to, John. John D. Loudermilk."

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