The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 77 airing June 25, 2011

Guests: Paul Shaffer, Curly Seckler, 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, and 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, Paul Shaffer and Curly Seckler. Join us now for 30 minutes of fun and great country music. I'm Eddie Stubbs. Now how about a Superlative welcome for our host, the man with the biggest hair in Mississippi. Here is Marty Stuart." Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Fashion Show."

Marty said, "I'm Marty Stuart. Welcome to The Marty Stuart Show. Superlatives? We got the top cat in town. Came in from New York City to see us. One of my favorite people. One of my favorite band leaders. He is a rock star. He is a TV star. But most of all, he's my friend -- and yours. How 'bout a hand for the great Paul Shaffer. Come here, Mr. Shaffer." Paul walked on stage. Marty said, "Hello, Pal. Well, all right. Paul Shaffer. They love you." Paul said, "You know, my favorite piano player of all time is Mr. Floyd Cramer. He was there when they invented country music here in Nashville." Marty said, "That's right." Paul continued, "And when I heard 'Last Date' all the way up in Canada, man, it struck me right in the heart strings and I learned it note for note and I would love to, with you guys, play a little Floyd Cramer medley if that's all right with you." Marty said, "We'd be honored. Mr. Paul Shaffer." Paul performed "On The Rebound and Last Date."

Marty said, "Mr. Paul Shaffer, ladies and gentlemen." Paul said, "Thank you." Marty said, "Fine job, Mr. Shaffer." Paul said, "Thank you, Marty. Thank you, gentlemen. Thank you all." After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back, everybody. Superlatives. Looka there. Hard to believe the great Paul Shaffer. Glad to have you, Paul Shaffer. Yes, sir. And I'm glad to have this lady comin' out to sing you a song. How 'bout a hand for the great Connie Smith." Connie sang "Your Light."

Marty said, "Handsome Harry, Apostle, Cousin Kenny, we've written the selection for Mr. Shaffer to play his blues harmonica on. It's called 'The Lowdown Lonesome Blues'."

Eddie promoted Marty's book of photographs, Country Music: The Masters. After a commercial break, Marty and Paul were onstage. Marty said, "I'm glad you're here, Paul." Paul said, "Boy, I'm having the time of my life. Thanks for having me." Marty said, "I'm so happy. And as always, I'm proud to announce that my home state of Mississippi is the sponsor of this show. And as it says on the pretty sign at the state line, Mississippi is the birthplace of America's music. Now, 1,360 miles from Paul Shaffer Drive in Thunder Bay, Ontario -- congratulations." Paul said, "Yes, yes. My hometown, they did name a street after me." Marty said, "That's right. Well, you'll find the city square in my hometown, Philadelphia, Mississippi. Paul, I was asked to pass the word onto you that when you come, there's a welcome waiting for ya in Philadelphia, Mississippi." Paul said, "All right. I'll be there." Marty said, "All right." Paul said, "I'm there." Marty continued, "Now should you decide to visit the Magnolia state and decide to follow either the Blues or Country Music Trail Markers, when you get to Philadelphia, you'll find two markers with a third soon to be added. Bluesman Otis Rush is honored with a beautiful, historical marker at the train depot in the Visitor's Center. Mr. Rush's marker is one of over 177 Blues Trail Markers that run throughout the state. On the Town Square, right up the street from the historic Ellis Theater, you'll find Country Music Trail Marker number 2 with my name on it. I'm honored to have that. And a third Country Music Trail Marker that honors legendary songwriter and record producer Bob Ferguson soon to be unveiled. So stay tuned and be a part of Mississippi's historical musical story as it unfolds in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Here's to all of our friends in Philadelphia and Thunder Bay." Paul said, "Nicely done. Nicely done." Marty said, "Thank you, Mr. Shaffer. Go over there and relax." Paul said, "I'd love to." Marty said, "Speakin' of friends, ladies and gentlemen, the Sultan of Goodlettsville. Nothin' like him in New York City I guarantee you, Mr. Shaffer. The Sultan of Goodlettsville, the ole Tennessee Slicker, the most popular man in country music. Leroy Troy. Come here Leroy boy. Hey. You know Paul." Leroy said, "Yeah." Paul said, "Hello Leroy, nice to see you." Leroy performed "I Was Born 10,000 Years Ago."

Marty said, "Ladies and gentlemen, one of the great pioneers in country and bluegrass music. My dear friend and one of the master architects of our style. How 'bout a hand for the great Curly Seckler. Welcome, Seck." Curly said, "Yay." Marty said, "Give me five. I left home .... I left home to play music with Lester Flatt when I was 13 years old and from the time I was 14 on, this man had his eye out for me. He told me the right things to do and he showed me life's path. And I'm honored to have you here today, sir." Curly said, "It's an honor to be here." Marty said, "Yes, sir. Now let me ask you somethin'..If I've kept up with it, on the last Christmas, you turned 91 years old. Is that right?" Curly said, "91. Yes, 91." Marty said, "That's great. We're really glad you're here. Go ahead and introduce this song." Curly said, "We got one here that you know that I love the title of this number. 'Lord, I'm A Comin' Home'. And the Lord knows I'm on my way, but I ain't in no hurry."

After a commercial break, Eddie Stubbs promoted the Marty Stuart Tribute Revolver. Eddie said, "Paul Shaffer and our host, Marty Stuart." Marty said, "What about him, Paul?" Paul said, "He is the greatest." Marty said, "Yes he is." Paul said, " I remember him from the Opry." Marty said, "Yes you do." Paul said, "He was great then, he's great tonight." Marty said, "It is great to have you here. It is an honor to have you here." Paul said, "What a pleasure. My honor. Thank you, Marty." Marty said, "Well you brought a lot of us across the nation happy music. So many nights, so many nights." Paul said, "Thank you so much, and you have appeared on the Letterman Show many times yourself. Every time is a treat for all of us and every time I get to play with you, it's a great treat for me." Marty said, "Well, thank you so much. Shall we do a train song?" Paul said, "I would love to do and a train song with you. Let me ...." Marty said, "The Superlatives, and Mr. Shaffer, and myself would like to do the selection that speaks of Mr. Casey Jones, the 'Freight Train Boogie'. Handsome Harry."

Marty said, "On behalf of Paul Shaffer, I'm Marty Stuart sayin' thank you for joinin' us tonight. On behalf of Eddie Stubbs, Curly Seckler, Leroy Troy, Connie Smith, Paul Shaffer, The Superlatives, Gary Carter, Come see us again next week right here on The Marty Stuart Show when there's 'Moonlight On My Cabin'," referring to a Curly Seckler song.

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