The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 122 airing May 4, 2013

Guests: Iris Dement, Jim Brock, 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 is 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, Iris Dement along with fiddlin' Jim Brock. Join us now for 30 minutes of fun and great country music. I'm Eddie Stubbs. Now, how 'bout a Superlative welcome for our host. Here is Marty Stuart." Marty said, "Hello Eddie boy." Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Crying, Waiting, Hoping."

Marty said, "Here ya go Apostle." Paul took Marty's guitar. Marty said, "What about it, Cous." Kenny handed Marty his guitar. Marty said, "Thank you. Come here guitar. I'm Marty Stuart. Thank you for comin' to see us tonight. We got big business on The Marty Stuart Show. I love American originals, and this lady is truly an American original. Comin' to us all the way from Iowa City, Iowa, the great Iris Dement. How 'bout a hand for Miss Iris. Hello Iris. Welcome, welcome, welcome." Iris said, "Good to be here." Marty said, "All right. Ya gonna sing?" Iris said, "I think so." Marty said, All right." Iris said, "I think that's what I'll call it." Marty counted "A three, four, one." Iris performed "Big City."

Marty said, "I told ya." Iris said, "Thank you." Marty continued, "Send that one to Haggard out there in California. Merle." Eddie said, "Marty Stuart called her an American original. Indeed she is. Our special guest Miss Iris Dement doing a fine job there with 'Big City'." Eddie promoted Hilda Stuart's photo book Choctaw Gardens. After a commercial break, Marty said, "We're doin' good, Cous. Welcome back, everybody. Before we go any further, how 'bout a nice hand for Iris Dement. Great job, Iris. How 'bout a hand for Miss Connie Smith. Hello Constance. Hi baby. Iris did good." Connie said, "Hi. She did great. I love her singin'." Connie performed "Burning Bridges."

Marty said, "Come here, Handsome. Apostle. Cous. Miss Connie Smith. The first time that I ever saw bluegrass music performed on television was WTOK television in Meridian, Mississippi. I was a little boy. Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys was the band. Fell in love with 'em playin'
'Salty Dog Blues'. The gentleman comes to us from Aliceville. Alabama. The king of the ole southern fiddlers. Ladies and gentlemen, how 'bout a hand for fiddlin' Jim Brock. Hello fiddling Jim. Hello my friend." Jim said, "Good to be with ya." Marty continued, "It's all yours, come on. Man, thank you for comin' to see us." Jim said, "It's good to be here, Marty. Sure is. Good to see you." Marty said, "Well, I love your fiddle playin' and you come a long way to fiddle. Whatcha got in mind, boy." Jim said, "Let's do the 'East Tennessee Blues'." Marty said, "Come on. Mr. Jim Brock."

Marty said, "That's fiddlin' Jim Brock that's what that is. Aliceville's finest." After a commercial break, Marty said, "Thank you for comin' back to see us. We love it when you come back to see us. Ladies and gentlemen. Superlatives. Here he comes. The most popular man in country music. The ole Tennessee Slicker. How 'bout a hand for Leroy Troy. Come here, Leroy. Hello pal. You know fiddlin' Jim, Miss Iris Dement, Connie Smith. Got you a good southern fiddle player."

Leroy: "Shoot ya, man."

Marty: "He knows how to play that southern blues on that fiddle."

Leroy: "I know it. Ole Jim. He played one of my favorite fiddle tunes right there. The 'East Tennessee Blues'. Now then, we're gonna foller it with the 'East Virginia Blues'. I'm gonna sing it and Jim's gonna fiddle on it, too. You ready?"

Jim: "Uh huh."

Leroy: "In G."

Marty: "All right. Major."

Marty said, "You said it. Fine job, sir." Eddie said, "Let's send that song up to all our our friends in the eastern part of the Old Dominion state. The 'East Virginia Blues'. Thanks a lot, Leroy Troy. Well we do hope that next Sunday, you and yours will make the time to attend the church of your choice. With that in mind, we call on The Superlatives Quartet now with our inspirational offering. One that Marty, Harry, and Paul wrote. 'The Glory Road'."

After a commercial break, Eddie promoted the Connie Smith's CD boxed set Just For What I Am. Eddie said, "Now let's turn things back over to Marty Stuart." Marty said, "And how 'bout a hand for Eddie Stubbs, everybody. And how 'bout a hand for Miss Iris Dement." Iris said, "Thank you." Marty continued, "Iris, do you know what I wish? I wish I could round up Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family -- the original Carter Family -- and bring 'em to hear you sing. Because when I hear you sing, your voice reminds me of the clarity and the dignity and the integrity and the beauty of country music in its purest form. And your voice is timeless. Just like them. And you're a voice for the ages. and you're a presence for the ages. And I love and respect your music and you very, very much. How 'bout a hand for my friend, Iris. And I mean that." Iris said, "I feel the same about you." Marty said, "And I mean that." Iris said, "Thank you." Marty said, "Connie and I love ... as I said at the top of the show, we drove around the backwoods of Mississippi listenin' to Sing The Delta. And it's a special project. It's a special project. And I love this song you're about to sing. Happens to be my favorite piano player right here." Iris said, "Thank you." Iris sang "Go On Ahead And Go Home."

Marty said, "That's Miss Iris Dement. You gotta go home, Cous." Iris said, "Thank you." Marty said, "Come here, Iris. On behalf of Iris. Thank you very much. And my baby, Miss Connie Smith." Connie said, "Oh yeah." Marty continued, "Fiddlin' Jim Brock, Eddie Stubbs, Leroy Troy, Gary Carter, and all The Superlatives, I'm Marty Stuart saying thank you for comin' to see us. We'll see you next time right here on The Marty Stuart Show."

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