The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 47 airing May 8, 2010

Guests: Merle Haggard, 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 guest, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the legendary Merle Haggard along with his fiddle player Scott Joss. 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, Mississippi's master of treble and twang. Here he is ..... Marty Stuart." Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "The Running Kind."

Marty said, "Thank you for joinin' us. If you're just joinin' us, I'm Marty Stuart and you're watchin' The Marty Stuart Show. We are glad to have you with us tonight. Superlatives. How 'bout this. One of my best friends in the world. He happens to be the poet of the common man. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. How 'bout a hand for Mr. Merle Haggard, ladies and gentlemen. Ah ha. Welcome sir." Merle said, "Thank you very much." Merle performed "Pretty When It's New."

Marty said, "That's the way to do that one. Mr. Haggard, ladies and gentlemen." Eddie said, "Fine Job there Merle Haggard and a song that he wrote called 'Pretty When It's New' from the album I Am What I Am and love that twin guitar work there from Merle Haggard and Cousin Kenny. Y'all are soundin' fine." Eddie promoted the two DVD set of highlights from the first season of The Marty Stuart Show. After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back to The Marty Stuart Show, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joinin' us. Superlatives, look over here. Look over here. Yes, yes, yes. Icons on the hay bales. How 'bout a hand for Miss Connie Smith, everybody. Yeah." Connie performed "You Don't Have Very Far To Go."

Marty said, "Mr. Haggard, ya got a second." Marty and Merle walked over to two stools on stage. "How 'bout a hand for Mr. Haggard, ladies and gentlemen." Merle said, "Thank you." Marty continued, "People don't know this but he's like a dang mockingbird. He can listen to somebody talk or sing for twenty seconds and he's got 'em. I want you to do me a favor. I heard you impersonate Bob Wills. I want you to have Bob Wills introduce Mr. Lefty Frizzell to sing the first line of 'Always Late'. Ladies and gentlemen, once again, the King of Western Swing, Mr. Bob Wills. Bob, take it away." Merle did his impression, "Thank you very much. It's nice to be here this afternoon." Marty said, "Yes, yes." Merle continued, "I'd like to ask Lefty Frizzell to come over here and do us a song." Merle said, "Op yes." Marty said, "Yes, yes." Merle sang the first line of the song. Marty said, "I told ya. Mockingbird. You and me have had a lot of deep conversations about country music and I think we both agree that the man they call the Father of Country Music is rightly so deserving of that title, don't you think?" Merle said, "Well, Jimmie Rodgers, absolutely. Yes he is." Marty said, "You bet." Merle said, "You know he had a song that was about his life, I think, more than anything else that he wrote was the 'T.B. Blues'." Marty said, "Oh man, about the best."

Marty said, "Yes sir. 'T.B. Blues'." Eddie said, "Great job there fellas. the 'T.B. Blues'. That just goes to show ya that simplicity always sells." Eddie promoted Marty's book of photographs, Country Music: The Masters. After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Marty Stuart. This, of course, is Mr. Merle Haggard. Mr. Haggard, thanks again for coming by." Merle said, "Aw, it was my pleasure." Marty said, "You betcha. Hey, you know what. When I go to Meridian, Mississippi, you know what I love to do. I love to go to the Jimmie Rodgers Museum." Merle said, "Aw, you have to go down there if you're in that area. You gotta go by and see his guitar." Marty said, "And see that train. And the main thing is hear some of that music they play." Merle said, "That's right." Marty continued, "All day, all night, as long as it's open at the museum, to hear Jimmie Rodgers music. It'll make ya feel better along life's way, won't it." Merle said, "It will." Marty continued, "Hey, hey. Yes, sir. Speakin' of feelin' better along life's way, I gotcha covered, Hag. I gotcha covered. Well, here he comes. The Sultan of Goodlettsville. The most popular man in country music." Merle said, "Who in the world ...." Marty said, "The Tennessee Slicker. Gonna sing a Merle Haggard song. It's big, ladies and gentlemen. Leroy Troy. Hag, he's gonna, yeah. You know Merle, Scott, Connie. There he is, Hag, in person. Right there. That's the feller who wrote this song."

Leroy: "Yeah, I know it."

Marty: "I come by your house last night. Window was up and you was singin' Merle Haggard songs. How 'bout you."

Leroy: "I was."

Marty: "Well, all right."

Leroy: "Got mighty warm, it did."

Marty: "It did, it did."

Leroy: "Well, you're gonna help me sing, okay?

Marty: "All right."

Leroy: "And I got Handsome Harry."

Marty: "We'll try."

Leroy: "Handsome Harry tonight we're gonna do a song called 'The Old Man From The Mountains'."

Marty: "A good'un."

Leroy: "Yeah."

Marty said, "Took it all the way to Bakersfield." Eddie Stubbs said, "Fine job there from Leroy Troy and 'The Old Man From The Mountains'. I think Merle Haggard had Leroy Troy in mind when he wrote that song years ago. That's fine. Well, you know we'd like to declare hymn time this week and Sunday morning's gonna be around before you know it, and we do hope that you and yours will make the time to attend the church of your choice. To get us in the mood, we're gonna call on Connie Smith to sing a song that Merle Haggard wrote years ago that speaks to the times........'Jesus, Take A Hold'."

After a commercial break, Eddie Stubbs promoted the Superlatone Store. Eddie said, "Now, with more treble and twang, here again is Marty Stuart." Marty said, "Thank you, Mr. Stubbs. And how 'bout a hand one more time for the poet of the common man, Mr. Merle Haggard, everybody. On behalf of all The Superlatives, much love to Merle Haggard and all The Strangers. Hey, one more piece of business to take care of. Right behind you where Miss Beth is standin', we have a permanent piece that's gonna go on our set from this day forward if that's all right with you. How 'bout it. I like that. Well, since that's up there, why don't we just play the dang national anthem, whataya think?" Merle said, "Working Man Blues"? Marty says, "That's the one. All right."

Marty said, "I say yeah, I say yeah. On behalf of Merle Haggard, Scott Joss, Connie Smith, The Fabulous Superlatives, Leroy Troy, Eddie Stubbs, Gary Carter, I'm Marty Stuart sayin' thank you for comin' to see us. We'll see ya again next week right here on The Marty Stuart Show. Thank you, Hag."

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