The Old-Time Herald Volume 12, Number 12

Earl Murphy
Sale Yard Wrangler
By Nancy and Charlie Hartness
Art Rosenbaum's drawing of Earl with Charlie and Nancy Hartness, a gift in 2010 for Earl's 92nd birthday. Courtesy C. and N. Hartness.

The Kitchen Sessions: Afternoons at Earl's

Among the first things you'd notice upon entering Earl's kitchen were the glasses and whiskey bottle waiting on the counter. In case you weren’t inclined towards whiskey at one or two o’clock in the afternoon, Earl would have the coffee pot ready to go. The next thing you might see was a framed black-and-white photograph of a handsome young man in a cowboy outfit, holding a Gibson Century of Progress L-C guitar. At the left lower edge of the photo is written “Earl Murphy Sale Yard Wrangler.” It is a late 1930s publicity shot from KFXD radio in Caldwell, Idaho. But there would be no time to ask how Earl, who was born and raised in Missouri, became a singing cowboy on an Idaho radio station, and came to live in Athens, Georgia, because the session would be on.


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