The Marty Stuart Show

Episode 56 airing January 29, 2011

Guests: Charlie Louvin, 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, Country Music Hall of Famer and a man we're proud to show some love to, the one and only Charlie Louvin, along with Sonny Louvin, Lester Armistead and Dan Kelly. 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, the crown prince of all things Mississippi, here is Marty Stuart." Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives performed "Bonanza."

Marty said, "Welcome to The Marty Stuart Show. I'm Marty Stuart. For the next 30 minutes, we got big-time country music on our mind. Well, it was a sound and a journey that started out in Sand Mountain, Alabama. The name Louvin is synonymous with country music, a royal name in country music, and we're honored today to have Mr. Charlie Louvin as our guest. Welcome, Charlie. Welcome, Charlie." Marty walks over to where Charlie is sitting. "Glad to have you, Mr. Louvin." Charlie said, "Beautiful bein' here." Marty said, "I'm glad you're here." Charlie said, "I've been watchin' 'em all up till now so it thrills me that I'm here almost alive." Marty laughs and says, "You are fully alive." Charlie laughs, too. Marty continues, "Hey, will you do me a favor? Will you sing 'See The Big Man Cry'?" Charlie said, "I will. That's my favorite Ed Bruce piece of material." Marty said, "Well, this will make him proud. Mr. Louvin, if you will." Charlie said, "It goes like this."

Marty said, "Give me five and everything will be all right." Charlie said, "Thank you." Marty said, "Yes, sir." After a commercial break, Marty said, "Welcome back, everybody. I'm Marty Stuart and you're watchin' The Marty Stuart Show. And, Superlatives, look over here. Country Music Hall of Famer, Mr. Charlie Louvin. Mr. Louvin." Charlie stood up and took a bow. Marty continued, "And here comes one of Charlie Louvin's greatest fans. How 'bout a hand for the great Connie Smith. Come here, Constance. Hey, hey. Hi, baby. We got Charlie Louvin in the house today." Connie said, "I know and I'm tickled to death. I've told everybody on stage, backstage, everybody that would listen, how big a fan I am of the Louvins. When I was growin' up in southern Ohio, we'd listen to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio and my very favorite were the Louvin Brothers and I'd want to stay up to hear them before daddy could put me to bed. And I'd like to sing ... I asked Charlie which of his songs that he's recorded he'd want me to do today and this is it. It's called 'I Don't Love You Any More (And I Don't Love You Any Less)'." Marty said, "All right."

Eddie promoted Marty's book of photographs, Country Music: The Masters. After a commercial break, which included promoting Marty's Ghost Train album, Marty said, "Welcome back. I'm always proud to say that this show is sponsored by my friends in the state of Mississippi, my home state. It's always nice to tell ya about the good news of the Magnolia state. For instance, 128 miles south of Elvis Presley's historic birthplace in Tupelo, is the city square in my hometown of Philadelphia. Now here's what I recommend that you do. Go visit Philadelphia and, when you do, drop by Steve's on the square. Talk to my pal Steve Wilkerson and ask Steve to direct you to Peggy's Restaurant. A Philadelphia, Mississippi tradition since 1961. Peggy's has been profiled by the New York Times, and the fried chicken was voted by Mississippi Magazine as the best of the best. Wednesday's fried chicken day, Leroy, so go early. Peggy's is open from 10:30 till 2 o'clock. You'll sit down with neighbors. Make your own change at the basket at the counter. You won't be disappointed. Speakin' of change. No spare change in his pocket, just the big green stuff, with a couple of pals with him. How 'bout a hand for the Sultan of Goodlettsvile, the ole Tennessee Slicker, the most popular man in country music, Leroy Troy. Brought Lonesome Lester and ole Dan Kelly, Apostle Paul. Hello buddy boy."

Leroy: "Howdy"

Marty: "Hello, Lester. Hello, Dan."

Dan: "Nice to see you."

Marty: "Well, how you doin'?"

Leroy: "Hey, doin' great. Me and Lester are all pressed and starched up and ready to show."

Marty: "Well, whatcha got picked out for us, Leroy boy?"

Leroy: "We got a song that Charlie's big brother, Ira Louvin, wrote. One called 'Bald Knob, Arkansas'."

Marty: "A fine one, a fine one, a fine one."

Marty said, "A precious selection. Good juggin', Lester. Good fiddlin', Dan." Eddie Stubbs said, "Bald, Knob, Arkansas. That's Leroy Troy. What a great job there, Leroy. We're gonna get serious with you right now. You know, a number of years back, there used to be a lot of billboards through the south that stated 'The family who prays together, stays together'. That billboard was inspired by this song that the Louvin Brothers had out many years ago. You'll enjoy the trio as they sing 'The Family Who Prays'."

After a commercial break, Eddie Stubbs promoted the album Connit Smith, By Request at the Superlatone Store. Eddie said, "Once again, here's Marty Stuart and Charlie Louvin." Marty said, "Mr. Louvin, you came with some mighty fine songs today." Charlie said, "Well, I came with some of my favorite writers. Tom T. Hall was absolutely good on this song that I'm about to sing. He was superb on 'Old Dogs And Children And Watermelon Wine'." Marty said, "Oh, absolutely." Charlie continued, "This song will actually take you back when you was younger than I'm gonna tell you you were." Marty laughed. Charlie said, "It's a song that I love to try to sing. And I love the song." Marty said, "Yes, sir." Charlie asid, "Loved this subject. It all happened 'Back When We Were Young." Marty said, "That's right. Mr. Sonny Louvin, if you will."

Marty said, "Thank you, Charlie Louvin. My pleasure. On behalf of the great Charlie Louvin, I'm Marty Stuart, all the Fabulous Superlatives, Connie Smith, Leroy, Lester and Dan Kelly, Gary Carter, Eddie Stubbs, come and see us again next week right here on The Marty Stuart Show. Got ole Charlie Louvin."

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