If You Like Vintage Country, Time To Call Your Cable Operator

Aug 29th, 2008 // 10 Comments

digitalcablegoescountry.jpgI’ve mentioned the RFD Network, which dubs itself “Rural America’s Most Important Network,” in this space before, but somehow one of my favorite cable networks keeps getting better and better. (Even though it’s still simulcasting Don Imus for some reason.)

As if adding reruns of Hee Haw wasn’t quite exciting enough, RFD is adding some original programming to its Sunday night lineup with The Marty Stuart Show, hosted by the Nashvile music fixture, who’s been in the business since he was 12.

Marty Stuart thinks there’s room on TV for the style of country music he remembers from The Porter Wagoner Show,Flatt & Scruggs and, of course, Hee Haw.

So Stuart decided to create his own TV show. The Marty Stuart Show will begin airing this November on Sunday nights on the RFD-TV cable network.

Each episode will feature music by Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, as well as his wife, Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, and special guests.

“This show is about authenticity, from the artists who visit us in the studio every week to the people watching at home,” said Stuart, a sideman with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash before embarking on a successful solo career in the ’80s. “I want to establish a show that gives a voice and stage to traditional country music.”

I can’t help but think this show is going to be great. Sure, I’d be inclined to watch Marty Stuart and Connie Smith just hanging out in a studio for thirty minutes a week, but the guests are likely to be a who’s who of classic country, and having Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs as a sidekick brings a smile to my face already.

Plus, Hee Haw reruns! If you’re not excited for Buck and Roy’s return to TV, well, I’m not sure we can be friends any longer.

Oh, RFD, you keep giving and giving while buried in obscurity in my cable lineup. Thanks for everything.

Marty Stuart to launch country music TV show [USA Today]

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  1. MayhemintheHood

    3 years ago CMT was running two Hee Haws per night, seven days a week, for quite a long time. It was the first time it’d been on tv in 10 years. I tivo’d and watched every single one, and let’s just say i’m good on Hee Haw for another 15 years. But here’s to Buck and Roy’s 2nd return to tv.

  2. DocStrange

    Sorry, but my Music Television needs are fufilled by MTVu. Thanks for trying though RFD. I’m sure you’ll join Fox Business in the small pile of cable channels my local cable provider does not carry.

  3. DocStrange

    @DocStrange: I don’t mean this in a bad way though. Maybe if it had some alternative country, i’d reconsider.

  4. Silverfuture

    @DocStrange: I’ll only listen if it has some indie country.

  5. TriedandTrue

    I love, love, love RFD. I watch it tons. My dad even donated to them on my behalf and I get the monthly mag. Porter Wagoner reruns, Hee Haw reruns, the Big Joe Polka Show, and tons and tons of horse/equestrian shows….

  6. Chris N.

    Roy Clark is one of the most unappreciated guitarists ever. And Buck Owens was … well, he was Buck Owens, was who he was.

  7. tenners

    Isn’t this the same channel that has that Dutch Oven cooking show with CeeDub?

  8. JDR

    Marty Stuart is an awesome individual. I don’t have a chance of getting this channel but i wish I did now.

  9. dafstar

    @tenners: that’s exactly what i was thinking. i would be all over that if my cable company offered it.

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