The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 1 airing November 1, 2008

Guests: Little Jimmy Dickens, Connie Smith, Leroy Troy, The Fabulous Superlatives

The premier episode of The Marty Stuart Show started with Eddie Stubbs introducing the guest lineup while Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives played "La Tingo Tango." Once introductions were finished, Marty and the band performed "Freight Train Boogie."

The set was quite patriotic with two American Flags, flag banners and hats as well as rhinestoned suits hanging on the walls, a wagon wheel, posters, including the cover the Badlands, Hatch prints and paintings.

Marty said "First song, first show" and welcomed everyone to the Marty Stuart Show. "If you like country music, you've come to the right place."

"We wanted to start our show with country music royalty. Our first guest, a senior member of the Grand Ole Opry, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The first and foremost, Tater. How about a hand for Little Jimmy Dickens."

Little Jimmy Dickens came out in his usual rhinestoned attire and performed "A Sleepin' At The Foot of the Bed" accompanied by Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives.

Eddie Stubbs promoted Marty's latest book of photographs: Country Music: That Masters. He also promoted the website:

After a commercial break, Marty introduced Connie "The first time I heard her, I fell in love with her. The first time I saw her, I fell in love with her. George Jones calls her his favorite country singer. Eddie Stubbs calls her the 'Rolls Royce' of country singers. I call her 'My Baby'. How about a hand for the great Connie Smith." After a quick kiss, Marty says, "So honored to have you." Connie said, "I'm honored to be here." Marty said, "Let's do this every week and then go home together. What do you think." "Sounds good to me," says Connie. " Tell me about this fella you brought with your steel guitar today," Marty asks. Connie says, "I'm so honored to have the guy that was actually responsible for creating the Connie Smith sound -- Mr. Weldon Myric. Played on millions of records for me and others. Weldon, would you do this honor for me?" Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives accompanied Connie on "Once A Day."

The camera panned to Marty standing in front of the picture from the cover of his Badlands' CD. "We'd like to do a song now and send send it to all of our friends and family up in the South Dakota land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Lakota people. All our friends at the Red Shirt table. It's the story of Wounded Knee off my Badlands album." Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Wounded Knee."

Eddie Stubbs then promoted the Badlands' album.

Marty then introduced Leroy Troy, "It's my intention to bring you the highest and the finest in country culture. It don't get any more cultured than this right here. From the Goodlettsville, Tennessee region of the United States, ladies and gentlemen, the most popular man in country music, the King of country music. How 'bout a hand for the the Tennessee Slicker, Leroy Troy."

"What's the good word, Leroy?" Marty asks. Leroy says, "The good word is that the gas pumps are goin' again. Or at least at one place there is and I'm not telling you where it's at." Marty counters, "Well gas is high but let's go anyway. If we can find some. Whatcha gonna sing?" Leroy says, "Here's a fine number by the Dixie Dewdrop Uncle Dave Macon. His big hit "Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy All The Time." Leroy did his antics of twirling the banjo during the song.

Eddie Stubbs declared "hymn time" on the program and introduced Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives singing "Angles Rock Me To Sleep." After a commercial break, Eddie then promoted Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives' gospel album Souls' Chapel.

Marty then brings back Little Jimmy Dickens.

Marty: "We are so honored to have you. On behalf of all the Fabulous Superlatives, thank you for coming to do our first show." Now, let's talk about it. You're a folk hero from West Virginia. So is there another one from West Virginia, one of my favorites."

Little Jimmy Dickens: "Yeah, there's a feller down there used to be named John Henry,"

Marty: "The Steel Driving Man."

Little Jimmy Dickens: "He was the Steel Driving Man. You go down to Hinton, West Virginia."

Marty: "Hinton."

Little Jimmy Dickens: "Hinton, West Virginia. And you turn to your right on that little road that goes down through there about two miles."

Marty: "Where are we now?"

Little Jimmy Dickens: "Well, I don't know. It's two miles from Hinton at Big Ben tunnel on the C& O line."

Marty: "That's famous."

Little Jimmy Dickens: "And you will find a monument erected there to John Henry."

Marty: "Well let's sing a song about him then."

They performed "John Henry, Steel Driving Man."

With that, Marty thanked his guests and the first show in the books.

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