Paul Maloy has been playing music in and around Oklahoma for more than 55 years and now his love for music is paying off.

First he managed to get a song recorded by George Strait, then opened his own opry and now he is being inducted into a national music hall of fame.

Paul will be inducted into the Old-time Country Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 3. He will be inducted into the hall of fame at the 31st annual National Old Time Country and Bluegrass Festival in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

According to its Web site the National Traditional Country Music Association holds the annual festival and runs the hall of fame to keep traditional American music alive for future generations.

Originally from Atwood, Paul now lives in Longtown where he moved four years ago from Oklahoma City. Paul said he and his wife, Mattie, bought land at Longtown using the $15,000 he received from his first royalty check for the down payment. He said they bought the land to build their own music company.

Paul said he had worked for years as a traveling musician, trekking from Oklahoma to Las Vegas to Boulder and various places in-between. After trying for many years to get a song published, Paul’s ship finally came in.

“My son, David, had been playing for George Strait a couple of years when he came over to my house with his guitar and a 12-pack, and said he had a song on his mind and was stuck. So, we sat down at the kitchen table and after about three hours, we came up with a song we were proud of. David took it to Nashville and demo’d it and got it to George Strait, and George recorded it on the ‘Ocean Front Property’ album, which has gone to at least Double Platinum. The song is called, ‘Someone’s Walking Around Upstairs.’ I have the Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum album plaques on my wall.”

The money Paul received for the song, allowed him and Mattie to live their dream of owning their own music company. They have owned and operated the PLUMB Music Co. in Longtown for more than four years, Mattie said. She said their music company is divided into three divisions: Perfect Lady Publishing, Plumb Records and Plumb Theatre/Longtown Opry.

“If anyone needs any information or help figuring out the industry or how to publish a song all they gotta do is call me or e-mail me,” she said.



At the opry

The entire purpose for the Plumb Theatre/Longtown Opry is to give the people and visitors in the Eufaula and Longtown areas a place to gather, socialize and have fun, Mattie said.

“We started this thing to give people an opportunity to sing and play in a theater atmosphere instead of a bar atmosphere,” Mattie said. “Mostly it is old-timers that come here. They didn’t have anywhere to go. They don’t go to clubs and dance, so now they come here.”

Although having a theater and opry in the country may not seem too profitable, Mattie said it pays the bills, and that is all they are concerned about.

“The band donates its time and the donations along with the door on Saturdays keeps the bills paid. As long as we are paying the bills, we will stay open,” Mattie said.

The theater splits its nights up into a gospel night on Fridays and a country night on Saturdays, Mattie said. She said they are always looking for new performers for both nights and welcome people from all ages to come up and try out for a spot.

“We hold auditions every Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. Eventually we would like to have a youth gospel night on Thursday nights. There are several young people that have gotten their start on our stage,” Mattie said.

One such young adult is Joanna Parish, 19, of Eufaula. She said she likes the atmosphere and people at the opry.

“I think it is a very relaxing and encouraging environment,” Parish said. “This is really more for older people, but I enjoy coming out here and singing.”

Mattie said the diversity of the audience and performers at the opry is exactly what she wants to happen.

“See this is what it is all about. She is 19 and the lady up there before her is over 70, and they both have a platform to express themselves,” Mattie said.

The house band for the opry calling themselves, The Upright Band, add to the ingredients that make the opry work, Mattie said. She said they all drive from other parts of the northeast to play on the weekends.

“John Patterson, who is on the bass, drives from Warner; Jerry Weeks on lead guitar, drives from the Texanna Road area; Jimmy Gamblin comes up from Stigler to play the keys; and Max Crosby drives all the way from Okmulgee to pick the steel guitar, he can only make it on Saturdays though,” Mattie said.

Contact Daniel Lapham at 684-2930 or dlapham@muskogeephoenix.com

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