Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Rolls Royce of Country Music

So I’m skimming CharredHer’s homepage last night and I come across this little blurb about country rocker Marty Stuart, who’s announcing his plans to headline a country music TV show Sunday nights on cable’s RFD-TV. Stuart, who once played alongside both Johnny Cash and Lester Flatt, is known for his hits like Tempted and Little Things, and says that the show will be in tradition of such classic programs like Hee Haw and The Porter Wagoner Show.

Sister Kat gets RFD on her DirecTV system, and I remember channel surfing around RFD’s neighborhood one day, finally landing on the cable network where they were showing a rerun of The Wilburn Brothers Show. For those of you not familiar with Doyle and Teddy, they were a popular country act in the 1950s/1960s who started out as backup singers for Webb Pierce (they’re featured on In the Jailhouse Now) and Ernest Tubb (Mister Love) before racking up a good many solo hits (Which One is to Blame, Trouble’s Back in Town, Hurt Her Once for Me)—and parlayed this success into a syndicated television series from 1963-74 that featured a female vocalist named Loretta Lynn. (Whatever became of her, anyway?)

So I read this news about Stuart’s show, and that’s all well and good—and then I come to this part: “Each episode will feature music by Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, and guests.”

Connie Smith? Connie Smith of Once a Day fame? Cincinnati, Ohio? Ain’t Had No Lovin’? And other assorted country smashes? The pride of Hinton, West Virginia?

Sure enough, the two of them were betrothed eleven years ago in 1997—twenty-seven years after they first met when Stuart was an 11-year-old kid who got his mom to buy him a screamin’ yellow shirt so Smith would notice him during her concert.

The Internets is an amazing thing. I learn something new every day.

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