Murphy's Saloon Blues Podcast, Podcast Home of the Blues, lived to be nine years old, with more than 200 episodes available, and I’m proud to link to it here. I use the stage name “Murphy” for a very simple reason: say my family name three times, quickly. C’mon, try it. Now imagine hearing my name spoken — can you say honestly you’d hear it correctly the first, or even the second time your heard it? I thought not. Hence, the stage name. I would say I come by use of the name honestly — my paternal granny was named Rose Murphy. She came to the United States on a ship from Scotland in 1911, and first landed at Ellis Island in the New York Harbor.
Murphy's Saloon had an international audience of blues lovers, with listeners in places as diverse as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Singapore; Adelaide, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Kyoto, Japan; Warsaw, Poland; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Lagos, Nigeria; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Bangalore, India, and the Shetland Islands, among other places, as well as a large number of cities and towns scattered across the United States and Canada. This is in no way a complete list. You can still download episodes free through iTunes. Other podcast aggregators, such as Juice, will download podcasts for you, if you don't have or don't like iTunes.
(A tip of the hat to my young cousin whose first name is Murphy.)
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This site gets some traffic in search of my re-designed version of a joke page about how to spot a Mad Cow. I thought I’d make the page easier to find by putting a link here.
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