By Walt Trott

Foreword penned by Bill Carlisle. From humble beginnings in the Kentucky mountain region, fiery-haired Martha arose, first performing with siblings on Southern stations in Kentucky and West Virginia as The Sunshine Sisters. She graduated to playing WSB’s Atlanta Barn Dance, where an abusive first marriage to James Carson, nonetheless led to Capitol Records duets on hits such as “Budded On Earth.” Infidelity prompted a final curtain for the famed Barn Dance Sweethearts. Switching to WNOX-Knoxville’s Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round, she shared the stage with Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle, and submerged personal pain by scribbling down the lyrics to “Satisfied,” which became a million-selling song. It launched her as a star on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry. More great gospel compositions came from her heart, including “I’m Gonna Walk And Talk With My Lord,” and “I Can’t Stand Up Alone,” recorded by Johnnie Ray, Tommy Sands and Clyde McPhatter. Here’s a blistering account of her rise and fall as America’s premier Country Gospel Queen, including a rocky second marriage that drained her finances and left her in solitude, until faith again proved to be her true salvation

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