Mmmmm.....I'm gonna have to El Paso.
While he was alive, Marty traditionally closed the show on Saturdays at the Opry. The reason for that is that he'd go race at the Nashville fairgrounds short track ... where he actually won races on the local level ... and then run to the Opry to sing. That was during the days when the Opry was at the Ryman, the race track was only 2.6 miles away from the Ryman. The new Opry house is like 12 miles away from the track.The whole NASCAR thing is fascinating. Marty once deliberately hit the wall to avoid t-boning another driver who had spun out and thereby saved the other driver's life.
He did that one to get out of trouble with the IRS. Royalties from this one and El Paso went straight to his debt. He also did some travel PSA’s for El Paso and his estate donated the use of “El Paso” to UTEP for use in their fight song.
An acquaintance of mine was supposedly Marty's last guitar player. John "JD" Hoag. JD also toured with Nokie Edwards towards the end of Nokie's days and was also a member of one of the versions of The Ventures. JD had lessons from Chet Atkins. As fine a local guitar player as I have ever heard. JD died from SARS-CoV-2 about five weeks ago.Love Marty Robbins.
My bass player from back in 86 - 95 was Marty's last touring bass man.