The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 8 airing December 20, 2008

Guests: The Kentucky Headhunters, Connie Smith, Leroy Troy, 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 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 steel guitar, and today's special guest The Kentucky Headhunters. Join us for 30 minutes of great fun and country music. I'm your announcer Eddie Stubbs. Now how about a Superlative welcome for our host, a 1958 Philadelphia, Mississippi special. Here is Marty Stuart." Marty and The Fabulous Superlatives performed "Tempted."

Marty welcomed everyone to the show. "I am Marty Stuart. Welcome to The Marty Stuart show. We're proud to be coming to you on this Saturday night as Leroy Troy says 'It is the night of country music.' " "That's right," says Handsome Harry. Marty continues, "Yes it is Handsome Harry. Speaking of country music, my country cousins .... we've been watching the mailbox, watching the driveway, and they're here. Representing Metcalfe County, Kentucky, The Kentucky Headhunters." They performed "Dumas Walker."

Eddie Stubbs promoted Marty's photo book Country Music: The Masters. After a commercial break, Marty said, "Here she is ladies and gentlemen, how about a hand for the great Connie Smith. Where's Constance?" Connie sang "I Never Once Stopped Loving You."

Marty played a mandolin solo while Fred Young of The Kentucky Headhunters danced all over the stage. Marty's story was long .....but here it is.

Marty: "Hey Fred. Was walking down the street in Arkansas ... came upon a man with a shoe shine stand. I think the world of shoe shine men. He said, 'Are you the Marty Stuart?' I said, 'Sir, guilty as charged.' He said, 'How about them fancy cowboy boots you wearin'. They need a little shine.' So I laid my foot up there. He had him a good lick, you know. I said 'Son, they're lookin' pretty good, but there ain't a lot of poppin' going on."

Fred: "You gotta have that poppin',"

Marty: "He said, 'Well you gotta have that poppin'. He said, 'That's the trouble with the world today. There's a whole lot of poppin' but not enough shine.' He said, 'But if it's a poppin' lick you looking for, it goes a little bit something like this. What cha think?" Fred started his dancing around while Marty played the mandolin.

Marty: "All right.

Fred: "What do you say about that?"

Marty: "That's just exactly right. Walking down the street around Metcalfe County, Kentucky. You know about that place. That's home. A little lost in those back woods. Went upon that shoe shine man and I said, 'Sir, excuse me.' I said, 'Can you tell me where those Kentucky Headhunter boys live?' He said, 'Naw, don't know.' I said, 'Well they ought not be too hard to find, there ain't but one set of them around here.' He said 'Don't know nothing about that." I said, 'Well, you don't know much, do you?' He said, 'I ain't the one lost.' While I was there I thought I might as well get one of those Metcalfe County shines. He said, Well I can lay it down for you.' "

Fred: "You ain't taking about that moonshine?"

Marty: "No, not moonshine ..... boot shine. Sunshine. Went like this."

Fred did his slapping-the-floor dance.

After a commercial break, Marty said, "He rolled in not too long ago, Richard. I'm speaking of the Sultan of Goodlettsville, the most popular man in country music. Aww, here is the ole Tennessee slicker. how about a hand for Leroy Troy everybody. Come on Leroy."

Marty: "What's the good word today, Leroy?"

Leroy: "Jesse James. Kick it off."

Leroy sang "Jesse James" with Marty laughing through most of the song.

Eddie Stubbs said, "We'd like to declare hymn time right now on the program. Here's Connie Smith now with a song that she's been using to close out all of her shows for a lot of years. Everybody loves it when she sings "How Great Thou Art."

After a commercial break, Eddie promoted Connie's CD Clinging To A Saving Hand. He said, "And once again, here's Marty Stuart."

Marty: "Thank you Eddie Stubbs. Fred and me gonna go to church two times after hearing Connie sing that."

Richard: "I got teary eyed on that. That was great."

Marty: "Got one request -- 'Walk Softly On This Heart of Mine'." The entire cast joined in on the song.

Marty: "That's what I'm talking about. How about a hand for The Kentucky Headhunters, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Marty Stuart. We'll see you next week on the Marty Stuart Show. Good night everybody."

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