The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 30 airing January 9, 2010

Guests: The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, 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, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Chris Scruggs, and eleven-year-old March Martin. 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, the head Mississippian himself. Here is Marty Stuart." Marty said, "Eddie Stubbs. All right. Mississippi song. 'Ghost Train Four-O-Ten'."

Marty said, "Oh yes, Chris Scruggs. Mighty fine. My dear friends and neighbors. Glad you're with us on the Marty Stuart show tonight. Good country music comin' your way for the next half hour. Superlatives ..... pulled up this morning in the parking lot, you know what I saw." Someone asked, "What'd ya see?" Marty continued, "The big pulpwood truck got two new chrome air horns on it. Can only mean one thing. You know. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band with Leroy. There's Leroy, there's Lester, Dan Kelly, Mike Armistead, and old Ferg. Hello gentlemen." They all yelled back "Hey there" and "Howdy." Marty continued, "Good to see ya. Thanks for comin'. The truck looks great, Lester. The truck looks great." Lester said, "Thank ya sir." Marty said. "Did you bring us a good song?" Lester said, "We brought ya a good song." Marty asked, "Whatcha got?" Lester said, "No Letter In The Mail." Marty said, "A precious number. Give 'em a hand, ladies and gentlemen."

Eddie Stubbs said, "Oh goodness, that's so great right there. The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band and Lester hittin' that harmony higher than a hawk's nest today " Eddie promoted the two DVD set of highlights from the first season of The Marty Stuart Show. After a commercial break, Marty said, "Hey, hey boys, how 'bout that Jug Band? Got ole lonesome Lester right here." Lester said, "Thank you. Marty, why don't you let Connie sing now?" Marty said, "Well, how 'bout you give me that microphone and we will. Ladies and gentlemen, Lester's request. How 'bout a hand for the great Connie Smith. Hey baby. Lonesome Lester wants to hear you sing a song. "Connie sang "You Can't Take Back A Teardrop."

Marty said, "Thank you very much, Connie Smith. Connie and me lived next door to Johnny Cash and June Carter in Hendersonville, Tennessee. And I miss John every single day. Wish I could go have a cup of coffee with him and talk about things. But, between our homes, is a beautiful piece of ground where he set out a lot of fruit trees in the late 60's ...... apple trees, pear trees, pecan trees and sorts. And after he passed away, I tried to write a song about him to make me feel better. Never would come. But in spring, when the fruit starts comin' on those trees, the crows just love hangin' out there. And one day I was over there and saw this old crow hangin' out in the fruit trees pickin' fruit. And the way he was dressed, it reminded me of ole Johnny Cash. I wanna do this song for my old friend and yours. It's called 'Dark Bird'."

Eddie Stubbs said, "Tremendous job there, Marty with 'Dark Bird'." Eddie then promoted Marty's photo book, Country Music: The Masters. After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back to The Marty Stuart Show. Hey, write all of us at the Grand Ole Opry. We wanna talk to you by way of letters or email. If you can find my phone number, call me. Good luck. Handsome Harry, Apostle, somethin' big happened at the Vaughan palace not long ago." Handsome Harry said, "I heard." Marty continued, "Carmella and Talia and Velvet welcomed a baby Superlative to the house. Jug Band, Apostles, make welcome baby Gianna Vaughan and Cousin Kenny. Come on. There she are. Come on. Good work, Cous. Hi Gi. Hi Gi. Nice to see ya. Well, that's your uncle Paul. That's your uncle Harry. That's your papa. I'm uncle Marty and this is your uncle Jug Band over here. And Lester wanted me to say that the Jug Band brought her a new pocket knife now for her baby warming present."

Marty: "Leroy whatcha got around your neck, brother?"

Leroy: "It is Fergie's favorite instrument."

Marty: "What is it?"

Leroy: "The ole agitator."

Marty: "The agitator. Well, agitate something good with it. What's the title of the big selection?"

Leroy: "Charmin' Betsy."

Marty: "We'll dedicate it to Gianna, too, all right?"

Leroy: "You got it."

Marty said, "Well, now that's the way to do it right there. That's the way to do it. Fine job, Jug Band and Leroy." Eddie said, "Aw, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. They are so great. 'Charmin' Betsy'. We tried to get the fellas to bring Betsy along this trip but they wouldn't let her out for work release. There's always next time, I guess. Well, it's hymn time this week. The Fabulous Superlatives Quartet are gonna render this song for you right now. It's one that Marty Stuart and Handsome Harry Stinson wrote .... 'There's A Rainbow At The End Of Every Storm'."

After a commercial break, Eddie Stubbs promoted the Superlatone Store. He introduced Marty. Marty said, "Look what I found, Eddie Stubbs. I found a guitar star, Superlatives. Eleven-year-old March Martin. Ya know where we found him? At the Apostle Paul's house. Him and Jamie got a house full of pretty kids that play music. March, welcome. Glad you're here." March said, "I am, too." Marty continued, "Well, I hear you're pretty bad on our theme song, 'La Tingo Tango'. I hear you can play a pretty bad version of it. Would you tear it up for us?" March said, "Sure." Marty said, "All right."

Marty said, "Go Cous. On behalf of ole March Martin, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Mr. Chris Scruggs, The Fabulous Superlatives, Connie Smith, Leroy Troy, Eddie Stubbs, I'm Marty Stuart sayin' join us again next week for the Marty Stuart Show. Go March."

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