The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 127 airing June 8, 2013

Guests: The Sullivans, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Kenny Lovelace, 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, Jerry and Tammy Sullivan with Jonathan Causey. We've got Pig Robbins and Kenny Lovelace with us, too. 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 and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Rough Around The Edges."

Marty said, "Superlatives? We got heroes all around. What am I talkin' about. How 'bout a hand for Mr. Kenny Lovelace on that fiddle. My favorite blues man. Thank you, Kenny. How 'bout a hand for Mr. Pig Robbins on the piano. You doin' the right thing, Cous. Take that bass. Apostle, go find the drums. How 'bout a hand for Handsome Harry Stinson, ladies and gentlemen. It s all yours, Handsome." Harry said, "Okay brother." Marty continued, "We're gonna stir it up and let you sing up front. Come on. All right." Harry performed "Look Out Heart."

Eddie said, "Boy, that one had a smile all over it there. The Superlatives changing rolls and doin' a great job, and Marty Stuart playin' about 250 of Ralph Mooney's steel guitar licks on that one song there alone. And that's Handsome Harry Stinson there and one that he and Marty wrote together. Great job, fellas." Eddie promoted Hilda Stuart's photo book Choctaw Gardens. After a commercial break, Marty said, "Like the song says, Look out heart, here we go again. How 'bout a hand for Miss Connie Smith, everybody. Hi baby. And how 'bout a hand for Mr. Pig Robbins over here on the piano. Hello Pig." Pig said, "Hey Marty." Marty continued, "All right. I wish everybody could have been at the Country Music Hall of Fame for the Medallion ceremony the night they honored Garth Brooks, Connie Smith, and Pig Robbins and made them members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. That was great. I learned a lot that night. First thing I learned, Pig, when did you start recording? What was your first sessions?" Pig said, " '57." Marty said, "1957. The other things I learned that night, I thought I knew this, but it was confirmed that night. I'm gonna call out some artists' names, okay. And play us just a little bit of the intros on their records. Charlie Rich." Pig played the intro to "Behind Closed Doors." Marty said, "Yeah. How 'bout Crystal Gayle." Pig played the intro to "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." Marty said, "How 'bout Gene Watson." Pig played the intro to "Fourteen Carat Mind." Marty said, "That's great. And I tell ya one I love that you played with George Jones. 'I Always Get Lucky With You'. Come on, do this one for me." Pig played the intro to the song. Marty said, "That's great. That's why he's in the Country Hall of Fame."

Marty said, "Well, here's one between you Connie and Pig that I've always dearly loved and I've never heard it played like this. We've always heard it takin' off with a steel guitar. How about Dallas Frazier song 'Runaway Little Tears'. All right." Connie said, "Love to." Marty said, "How 'bout a hand for Connie and Pig, everybody. Pig."

Marty said, "That's exactly how it's done right there. Pig Robbins and Connie Smith." Connie said, "Thank you, Pig." After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. Me and all The Fabulous Superlatives are honored to tell ya that the great state of Mississippi's the sponsor of our television show." The Fabulous Superlatives said, "That's right." Marty continued, "Hey, here's the question. Handsome ..." Harry said, "Yes." Marty said, "Apostle ..." Paul said, "Yeah." Marty continued, "Have ya noticed that ole Cous has been lookin' a little under the weather lately. A little tired, a little under the line? Well, it's a big job bein' Music City's most in-demand guitar star." Paul mouthed "He is." Marty said, "Cous, here's the question. Could you use a little rest and relaxation?" Kenny said, "I could." Marty said, "Maybe a little night life?" Kenny said, "Oh yeah." Marty said, "Eat some good food." Kenny said, "Hmmmm." Marty said, "Get a facial at the spa," Harry said, "Oh, that's nice." Marty continued, "Maybe spend the day on a world-class golf course." Kenny said, "Oh yeah. I like drivin' them carts." Marty laughed. He said, "I know how much you love to play golf. Well, I've got just the place for ya. Well, I've got just the place for ya. The Pearl River Resort and Casino in beautiful Choctaw, Mississippi. As the billboards across the nation read, 'It's Vegas with sweet tea.' Cous, I betcha that Chief Phyliss Anderson and all of her people would be honored to have you as a guest at their world-class facility." Harry said, "Absolutely." Kenny said, "Can you hook me up?" Marty said, "I can hook you up." Kenny said, "All right." Marty continued. "How 'bout giving Cous a hand of encouragement. And say hello to all of our friends at the Pearl River Casino in Neshoba County. And say hello ... here he is, Cous, to the Sultan of Goodlettsville, the ole Tennessee Slicker, Leroy Troy.. Hello Leroy. Look here. Connie, Pig, Kenny Lovelace."

Leroy: "Kenny .... Pig."

Marty: "You brought Eddie Stubbs."

Leroy: "I did bring Eddie. I sure did."

Marty: "We're surrounded by Hall of Fame heroes today."

Leroy: "Yeah, we sure are."

Marty: "Whatcha got in mind?"

Leroy: "Well, we got one we're gonna go over again."

Marty: "All right.:

Leroy: "This time, we're gonna have Eddie playin' the fiddle. Maybe it'll come out a little better, I don't know. Called 'The Legend Of The Johnson Boys'."

Marty: "Come on."

Marty said, "Johnson Boys." Leroy said, "Good job, Eddie." Marty said, "He's a Confederate. He's got gray on." Leroy said, "Yeah.". Marty said, "Legend Of The Johnson Boys' by Mr. Eddie Stubbs and Leroy Troy. Told it like it was. One of the greatest nights of my life as a young musician, my daddy took me to Jackson, Alabama, along with a fella named John Wesley Cook to see Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and the famous Sullivan Family Gospel Singers in a full gospel concert at the National Guard Armory. I met this next gentleman that night. He gave me encouragement. He looked me straight in the eye and said, 'You wanna be a musician, don'tcha. Well, you can.' And since then, he' become my friend, my prayer partner, my buddy. One of the greatest songwriters that gospel music has ever had, along with his daughter Tammy.and Jonathan Causey, please make welcome Jerry and Tammy Sullivan. Hello Sullivans." Jerry said, "Thank you. Thank you." Marty said to Tammy, "Hi Hattie." Marty walked over to Jerry and said, "Uncle Jug, so glad you're here." Jerry said, "Oh, I'm so glad to be here, Marty. Thanks for havin' us on, man." Marty said, "Yes sir. You've written so many songs but I have requested that we go back and do the very first song you ever wrote." Jerry said, "All right." Marty said, "What's it called?" Jerry said, "I Can See God's Moving Hands." Marty said, "Yes you can."

Marty said, "How 'bout a hand for The Sullivans, ladies and gentlemen." Jonathan Causey said, "Thank you." Marty said, "Jerry and Tammy. Great job, Uncle Jug." After a commercial, Eddie promoted The Marty Stuart Show photo book. Eddie said, "Well, it's sure been a fun show today, but we're not done yet. Here again is Marty Stuart." Marty said, "And I thank you, Eddie Stubbs. How 'bout a hand for Eddie Stubbs. A great country music hero. I didn't design this show to be this way but lookin' across here. Talk about heroes. How 'bout a hand for Mr. Kenny Lovelace on the fiddle, representin' the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Jerry Lee Lewis band. Miss Connie Smith. I love Miss Connie Smith. Great hero of gospel music and faith, Uncle Jerry Sullivan over there. Pig Robbins, Leroy Troy, steel guitar hero Gary Carter, the great Tammy Sullivan and Jonathan Causey. How 'bout a hand for all these folks. And one more time for my personal heroes The Fabulous Superlatives. How 'bout a hand for The Superlatives. First two records I ever owned in my life was Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and Johnny Cash. Now let me tell ya, I still love those records. Those Johnny Cash records came complete with a man named Luther Perkins playin' the guitar. I still love Luther's playin'. And we're gonna do this song that John wrote for Luther to kinda showcase his unique style and send this down to Jackson, Tennessee to Fluke Holland, the Tennessee Three man himself. The first half of the song we left alone to talk about Luther and his great style. The second half, I twisted John's words just a little bit to showcase Cousin Kenny and his unique style. Cous, are you ready?" Kenny said, "Yeah I'm ready." Marty said, "Do ya feel up to it?" Kenny said, "Aww, let's go." Marty said, "It's called 'Luther Played The Boogie Woogie (In The Strangest Kind of Way'."

Marty said, "Cousin Kenny played the boogie woogie. Take it home. Come on over. On behalf of everybody on the show today, 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. Goodnight, everybody."

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