Nashville Part Six (Marty Stuart / Suzi Ragsdale Party)

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

Here’s the original blog entry from Marty Stuart’s 2010 appearance on our show. It includes lots of pictures from his collection of country music memorabilia. His new double CD is called Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. Stuart’s new book of photography is titled American Ballads.

We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to interview Marshall Chapman and got a taste of their collection as we walked through (we sat down with her in a fancy board room upstairs). But this week, we drove about 30 miles northeast of Nashville to meet Marty Stuart and to get an up close tour of his personal collection of country music history. It was early on a foggy Saturday morning and Marty Stuart had just returned to town a few hours earlier after a gig the previous night in Ohio. We sat down for about 30 minutes in the office half of his warehouse for an interview about his career, his special relationship with Johnny Cash (he was once the Man in Black’s son in law) and Stuart’s latest Grammy-nominated album, Ghost Train. And then, Stuart walked us through his staggering collection. Here’s a slideshow of the tour.

And the entire reason for this Nashville trip was to attend a dinner at Suzi Ragsdale’s house. She made a load of delicious-sounding tapas and desserts, and invited some of her musical neighbors over for a performance in Bob’s honor. Unfortunately, I had to leave town before the party, so I missed out on the fun. Suzi mailed a CD of the music and Bob wrote a script and I put this segment together with his help. I hope you enjoy it as much as Bob did.