The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 130 airing June 29, 2013

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 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 guest, Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard, along with Benny Haggard, Theresa Haggard, and Rick Wright. 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, "Yeah." Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Tear The Woodpile Down."

Marty said, "Welcome to The Marty Stuart Show. I'm Marty Stuart. The Fabulous Superlatives. We got Mr. Benny over here on the Telecaster guitar. How 'bout a hand for Benny Haggard, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you, Benny. Superlatives?" The Superlatives said, "Yeah." Marty continued, "It was good news when I heard that the famous Silver Chief bus came across the Mississippi River headed our way with California in the rear view mirror. He was haulin' the famous gentleman named Mr. Merle Haggard. How 'bout a hand for Mr. Haggard." Merle came out to a standing ovation from the audience. Marty said, "All right, Hag. It's all yours, sir. It's all yours. Take it." Merle performed "Runaway Mama."


Marty said, " 'Runaway Mama'. Mr. Haggard and Theresa and Benny." After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back, everybody. Superlatives. How 'bout it. How 'bout a hand for Benny Haggard, Merle Haggard, and Theresa Haggard. The Haggards. And how 'bout a hand for my baby, Miss Connie Smith. Come here Constance June. Hi Constance. How 'bout cha." Connie said, "How 'bout you." Marty continued, "How 'bout you. Merle, Theresa and Benny are here with us. Ain't that great." Connie said, "I know. I'm so proud." Marty said, "Well, anybody that knows me knows that man over there is one of my dearest friends in this world. And he's family. That family over there is family to us. And a lot of stories could be told, but here's one that can be told tonight. When Connie Smith was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is the ultimate honor in country music, to add to that honor, those folks over there drove cross country so Merle Haggard could induct Connie Smith into the Country Music Hall of Fame. That's family. That's family." Connie said, "That's right." Marty said, "That's family." Connie said, "Merle, I just couldn't hardly believe you would do that It touched my heart so deep for that honor, and it's one of my forever moments I'll never forget. And I just about lost it and started cryin' when you hung that metal around my neck but I was tryin' to be as cool as you are, Thank you again." Marty said, "It's hard to be cool as Merle Haggard." Merle said, "It was my pleasure. My pleasure" Marty said, "Well, one of things Merle brought up in his speech about you was this song called 'Ain't You Even Gonna Cry' that our friend Johnny Russell wrote. How 'bout you do it for Merle tonight." Connie said, "I will." Marty said, "How 'bout a hand for Connie Smith, everybody."

Marty said, "All right. Hello, Mr. Haggard. Welcome, sir." Merle said, "Thank you. Nice to be back." Marty said, "Nice to have you back. You know the door is always open. You come a long way to sing for us." Merle said, "We sure did. We come a long way to play. And here we are." Marty said, "Here we are. Well, you know what the gentleman from Meridian said. 'Hey Hey'." Merle said, "Hey, hey." Marty said, "Come on." Merle sang "No Hard Times."

Marty said, "Hey, hey." Merle said, "Hey, hay." After a commercial break, Marty said, "Aww yeah. Welcome back my friends. I'm honored to say that this show comes o you each and every week courtesy of the great state of Mississippi. It's my home state, and if you've never been to the Magnolia state, I encourage you to come and visit. You'll find it a nice place and you'll be welcomed, I guarantee you. Another place you'll be made to feel welcome is at the old Train Depot and Visitors' Center in my hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. You'll find some wonderful at the depot to welcome you and perhaps offer suggestions as to what you might want to see and do in one of the coolest towns in the world. And in a town that is filled with some of the nicest people in the world. Speakin' of Philadelphia, Mississippi. How 'bout a hand for all my folks in Neshoba County. All right. Speakin' of nice people, Merle, here he comes. The ole Tennessee Slicker. How 'bout a hand for Leroy Troy. Hello Leroy. Apostle, Handsome Harry, look here, there's Hag. Hag. Now the last time Merle was here, you sang one of his songs. You gonna try it again this go around?"

Leroy: "I'm gonna try."

Marty: "Come on."

Leroy: "That's all I can do."

Marty: "I admire you for that."

Leroy: "One thing's for sure. Paul, are you gonna stay on that side or this side? Get over here."

Paul: "Okay, okay."

Marty: "You know, singin' one of Merle's songs in front of him is kinda like showin' Mt. Rushmore your rock collection, ain't it."

Leroy: "Stop remindin' me."

Marty: "What is it?"

Leroy: "We'll have to cock this hat just right here. One called 'The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde'."

Marty said, "I admire you, son." Eddie said, "Leroy Troy singin' one that was a number one hit for Merle Haggard back in 1968, 'The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde'. With our song of inspiration this week, we call on our special guest Merle Haggard to sing the autobiographical 'Mama's Prayers'."

After a commercial, Eddie said, "And let's return now to Marty Stuart and our special guest Merle Haggard." Marty said, "Hey, how 'bout a hand for Eddie Stubbs, everybody. And how 'bout a hand for my favorite new guitar star, Mr. Benny Haggard. Hello Benny Haggard. How 'bout a hand for Connie Smith and Theresa Haggard over there. That's Merle Haggard right there."Merle performed "Mama's Hungry Eyes." Connie joined Theresa Haggard on background vocals.

Marty said, "The poet of the common man, Mr. Merle Haggard. Take it home, Cous. Country music, ladies and gentlemen. On behalf of Merle Haggard and The Strangers, Benny Haggard, Leroy Troy, Eddie Stubbs, Theresa Haggard, Connie Smith, Gary Carter, and all the Superlatives, I'm Marty Stuart sayin' thank you for comin' to see us. See ya again next week right here on The Marty Stuart Show. Thank you, Hag,"

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