Here's a look at our band. We played bluegrass full-time for 11 years, mostly around the Southeast in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, but also playing festivals up the Atlantic seaboard as far as Canada.
This photo of Murphy and myself with her singing-and-songwriting sister Nancy dates from 1979 (There's a lot of nostalgia here. Those were 'tight' times. By the end of the recession in 1981-2, most of these instruments were gone!):
-and this one is of our big six-piece band in 1985 (Tuck Tucker, Bill Baker, Bob Higginbotham, Nancy Pate, Murphy, and myself):
These are the seven LP albums we made in the olden days, and the year each one was released. (The albums all featured a lot of original material, and as you can tell from this list, most of them were named for one of Murphy's songs!):
"Riding Around on Saturday Night", 1977
"Fast Picks and Hot Licks", 1978
"Pall Mall Reds", 1979
"My Everyday Silver is Plastic", 1980
"I Ain't Domesticated Yet", 1981
"Just Remember Where You Could Be", 1983
"Real Time Reel", 1985
-and in addition, we produced two family band cassette tapes by Red and Murphy with their Excellent Children, Casey and Chris:
"Granny Don't Dance", about 1994
"My Dixie Home", about 1995.
As I mentioned, we'd like to post this music on our site so that it will be easily available. That's the plan, and we hope to be moving on it this year. So this is just a "heads-up" for all you Red and Murphy fans out there, that some Mighty Fine bluegrass music is going to be heard for the first time in a long while!
…and I can’t wait!
I like everyone of those R&M albums. Great song writing!
Ben from Back When
This is good news! I actually don’t have a couple of those LPs, which surprised me. Still have a working turntable, but it’s not currently hooked up to the stereo. MP3s will be a lot more portable!
Looking forward to this. I raised my kids listening to “My Everyday Silver Is Plastic”. Somewhere along the way the album is gone but the girls still know the words to “Fried Chicken”. I look froward to buying this again.
Back in the 80’s I remember a song you sang. Don’t remember the name, but the words are:
Well here we are Pa
On the front porch together
Just like we said we’d always be.
My wife and I are now on that “front porch”. She mentioned the song the other day. I sure would like to get a copy of it.
Red HenryPost author
Robert, thanks for remembering that song! It’s called “Grandpa, Rock On” and is on this CD, along with some other old Red & Murphy numbers:
Fondly remember the band at orange and brew at UF. Would love to have a copy of riding around on Saturday night
For now you can listen to that album on YouTube right here: http://youtu.be/r846v8-EpFc