Red and Murphy 1982

RedToday, I thought that you'd like to see another view of what we looked like a long time ago. This photo was taken at about the same time as we played a week at the Knoxville World's Fair, and when I see it, I always remember playing that week in Knoxville:

Red and Murphy and Company, 1982

Band members were (top) Nancy Pate (guitar), Tuck Tucker (Dobro), and Laurie Hicks (bass); (bottom) Red Henry, Murphy Henry.

We had a good time playing at the World's Fair, even though we played in the summer and the weather was hot. This was primarily because were in a really good performing situation---we'd been hired by Buddy's Barbeque to play at their tent! So we were in the shade, and our audience was in the shade (and had an incentive to stay there) and was very appreciative, and there was lots of good food to eat. Also, of course, we were very close to plenty of cold drinks, always important for keeping your fluid levels up in hot weather. So you couldn't ask for a better place to play.

Another advantage of this venue at the Fair was that we could set up a record table right next to the stage. We sold a lot of albums and tapes! --- and this added to the experience for us.

The first six days of the gig went great, but the last day ended on a discordant note. Parking had been a problem all week, and unknown to us, while we were playing that last day, our band van got towed away from where we'd left it! I had to go get it from the towing company, about twenty miles away, before we could load our sound system, our instruments, and ourselves in it and leave for home. Between the hassle of all this and the towing fee, playing the World's Fair suddenly turned into a less-than-perfect overall experience. But you have to take the good with the bad, and we enjoyed the Fair!

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About Red Henry

Began playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo in 1967-69. I married Murphy in 1974. We led the Red & Murphy bluegrass band, playing professionally, from 1975-87. Since then I've handled the technical side of Murphy Method cassette, videotape, and DVD production. When you call I usually answer the phone, and I'm normally the one who sends out the orders.

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