The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 100 airing June 2, 2012

Guests: Roger McGuinn, 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, Roger McGuinn. 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, "Thank you very much. Aww, you're lookin' good. Handsome Harry." Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Hummingbyrd."

Marty said, "That song we just played is called 'Hummingbyrd' from the Ghost Train project. Apostle Paul suggested we spell Hummingbyrd 'b-r-y-d' in tribute to Clarence White, the man who originally played this guitar. How 'bout a hand for Clarence White. Clarence played this guitar during his time makin' incredible music with The Byrds. The leader of that band is our guest today and that's just one of the things he's known for. Talk about a visionary, Superlatives, poetical troubadour, rock star, guitar star, platinum icon of the musical Americas, and a highly acclaimed adventurer. That's what he is. And not to mention, Superlatives, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That's big. Would you please make welcome my friend, Roger McGuinn, ladies and gentlemen. All right, Roger. Roger, welcome, man." Roger said, "Thank you Marty." Marty said, "Welcome. Cousin's got your Rickenbacker." Roger performed "Old Blue."

Marty said, "Roger McGuinn." After a commercial, Marty said, "Welcome back, everybody. Superlatives? Looka here. Mr. Roger McGuinn. How 'bout a hand for Roger. How 'bout a hand for Miss Connie Smith. Hi baby. Can I talk ya into doing a Foster and Rice song?" Connie said, "I'd love to." Marty said, "What's it called?" Connie said, "It's called 'My Part Of Forever'." Marty said, "All right. Miss Connie Smith, everybody. How 'bout a hand."

Marty said, "How 'bout a hand for Mr. Roger McGuinn. Come on, Roger. Come on, man." Roger said, "Thank you, Marty." Marty said, "Yes, sir. So honored to have you here." Roger said, "It's my pleasure. It's always wonderful to play with you." Marty said, "You betcha. Hey listen. I don't know that there's many musics that you haven't explored. You've been such a great adventurer musically. But there's one record in particular I'd like to go back and talk about. Sweetheart Of The Rodeo by The Byrds. It was the first time that I ever heard honky tonk and folk and bluegrass and gospel and rock and roll and country collide in that particular way. And every time you turn on country music radio or watch videos or watch this show, it is a direct decendent of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. Thank you very much for that record." Roger said, "Thank you, Marty." Marty said, "Thank you, man." Roger said, "It was fun doin' it." Marty said, "Why, you just on goin', I know you have a lot of things musically unexplored that you're gonna tackle, right?" Roger said, "Oh yeah. Space music." Marty laughed and said, "I wanna go. I wanna go." Roger said, "Martian music." Marty said, "Take me, take me, take me, take me. We got the suits for it, don'tcha think?" Roger said, "Yes, definitely." Marty continued, "Yeah. Can we go back to Sweetheart and do a Woody Guthrie song?" Roger said, "Yeah. In fact, this is on Sweetheart and it's one called 'Pretty Boy Floyd'." Marty said, "The outlaw. Here we go, one, two, three."

Marty said, "Roger McGuinn and 'Pretty Boy Floyd'." After a commercial break, Marty said, "Well, well, well. Apostle, are you havin' fun? Me too. Thank you again for joinin' us. I appreciate you watchin'. I'm glad to tell ya that the great state of Mississippi is the sponsor of this broadcast. Mississippi is known all around the world as the birthplace of America's music. It is also world famous for its Blues and Country Music Trails that run throughout the state. Nearly 200 historical stops along the way celebrate the locations, sites, sound, and people that made their mark on American music history. I invite you to come and experience the feelin' of it's blues and country music roots. A man that knew all about the feelin' of the blues and made his song 'Boom Boom' famous all around the world, Roger, was the great John Lee Hooker. How 'bout a hand for John Lee. Yes! You'll find his Blues Trail Marker in the Delta in the community of Vance. John Lee told me when I met him the first time, he said, 'We gotta keep the blues alive'. Well, the Blues Trail is a big part of doin' just that. It's an ambassador all its own. So how 'bout a hand for dear ole Mississippi, John Lee Hooker, and all the good people of Mississippi. All right. 'Boom Boom'. And speakin' of good people, here he is, the Sultan of Goodlettsville, the ole Tennessee Slicker, the most popular man in country music. Ladies and gentlemen, Leroy Troy. Come here, Leroy." Leroy performed "Tied Down."

Marty said, "Big finish. He is 'Tied Down' is what he is." Eddie said, "Well, it's hymn time this week. Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives are going to gather around with the quartet and do one they learned from The Staple Singers and Marty's gonna play Pop Staples' guitar on 'The Uncloudy Day'."

After a commercial break, Eddie said, "And now back to Marty Stuart and Roger McGuinn." Marty said, "Roger, it's been so great to have you here." Roger said, "Aww, thank you, Marty. It's been great bein' here." Marty said, "Well, any time, any time. Tell me about the first time you heard 'Turn, Turn, Turn'. Do you remember it?" Roger said, "Yeah. I was a kid in Chicago. I used to go to the orchestra hall and Pete Seeger did it. And he did it, I think on a 12-string guitar. Just him and a 12-string. And it was kind of a different version of it. He did it like .... kinda slow, like." Roger strummed on the guitar an sang the first verse. Marty said, "Yeah." Roger said, "My Pete Seeger imitation." Marty said, "That's all right. That's good." Roger said, "He did it like that. But when I was in The Byrds, somebody asked me if I knew the song, and I remembered hearing it and I remembered the song, but I didn't remember all the chords so I kinda went, made up a couple of new chords for it." Marty said, "Yeah." Roger continued, "And I put a beat to it. Like rock and roll beat." Marty said, "Yeah." Roger said, "And it came out more like ...."

Marty said, "The main Byrd. Roger McGuinn, Cousin Kenny, Apostle Paul, Gary Carter, Harry Stinson, Connie Smith, Leroy, Eddie Stubbs. On behalf of everybody on the show tonight, thank you for comin'. What a marvelous time, what a marvelous time. Precious. Roger, good job."

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