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Murphy Henry

So, my banjo student Mark comes in yesterday for his lesson with a story to tell. He says he was driving home from work, listening to my CD, M and M Blues, which I had given him on our shared birthday, May 18. It was not his first listen, of course, so it didn’t hurt my feelings when he said he’d gotten tired of listening to me and, wishing for a change, had turned the CD player off and turned his radio on. Much to his jaw-dropping surprise, there I was again, playing “John Hardy,” my name glowing cheerfully at him from the digital display. “Turn me off, will you?” I seemed to be chuckling. “I don’t think so!” Needless to say, Mark was a little freaked. Apparently the Universe was thinking, naw, you really haven’t heard enough of Murphy!

So many thanks to either Chris Jones or Ned Luberecki, two of the DJs on the Sirius XM show, “Bluegrass Junction,” for playing “John Hardy,” which is one of the cuts on the Stelling Anthology CD. Mark was also mightily impressed by the bass playing on that tune which was done by my fav-o-rite bass player of all time, Casey Henry! I might also mention that Ned has a couple of dynamite tunes on that same CD, with the extremely clever titles “Emergency Pulloff” and “Nedscape Navigator.”

I now return to my previous engagement, writing the General Store column for Bluegrass Unlimited. This short blog was brought to you by a cup of instant Starbucks! Buzz!

Casey Henry

Casey Henry

The day before we Dixie Bee-Liners left for our trip to Arkansas and Oklahoma last week, we paused in Nashville to visit with Ned Luberecki at the Sirius/XM studios. The studio is in the tower attached to the arena in downtown Nashville (which used to be the Gaylord Entertainment Center, and then the Sommet Center, and now is the Bridgestone Arena) and the windows look down over lower Broadway. You can see the Ryman and all the tourists visiting Tootsie's, Robert's Western Wear, and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. It's pretty cool.

Rachel Johnson, Casey Henry, Ned Luberecki, Brandi Hart, Buddy Woodward, and Sav Sankaran at the Sirius/XM studio in Nashville.

Rachel Johnson, Casey Henry, Ned Luberecki, Brandi Hart, Buddy Woodward, and Sav Sankaran at the Sirius/XM studio in Nashville.

We taped Ned's "Derailed" show, which is the newgrass show that airs on Saturday nights. (...that was last Saturday, so don't be tuning in this weekend expecting to hear us. That ship has sailed...) We just talked on this visit, no playing, though Ned did play a bunch of tracks from the new "Susanville" CD.

There was much hilarity as we told the stories behind the songs on the album. Apparently the song "Trixie's Diesel Stop Cafe" was inspired by a truck stop in Madison, TN, which is where I live. I need to get them to tell me which one it is so I can point it out to people!

Radio these days is all done by computer. For Ned's show, and the rest of the shows on satellite radio, he just records the talking bits, which are then assembled in order between the songs before it goes out to listeners. So recording a show takes much less than real-time.

In our second radio experience of the weekend, which was on 105.1 The Wolf in Little Rock, AR, we played some tunes live in the studio. But they weren't quite broadcast live. We were actually recording the music, and it went out over the air a few minutes later. So we played the first song, which was "Down on the Crooked Road," and then switched instruments and were tuning up for the next number when we heard ourselves start playing "Crooked Road" on the monitor speakers, which was what the radio listeners were hearing at that moment. It was pretty neat, actually.

When we got done playing our three songs and had loaded up in the van to drive to the evening venue, we heard ourselves as we were driving out of the parking lot playing "Heavy" on the air. With the tape delay, the DJ could even edit the track before it was broadcast, so when he mispronounced one our our names, he just clipped it out and it sounded like he said it perfectly the first time. Amazing.

We expect to do more radio appearances in the coming months, like before our April 17th Knoxville gig, so I'll let you know when you can tune us in!

We just couldn't hold it in any longer. We had to let our true selves show!

We just couldn't hold it in any longer. We had to let our true selves show!