Why Essex? George Murtie

Interview with George Murtie

George Murtie spent thirty-three years in the Essex Police Department, finishing his career in the role of Captain.  Last fall, he came home to his wife Linda one evening, and she asked him, “When are you going to stop doing this?”  Two months later George was retired, and onto the next chapter in his life as a professional singer and songwriter.

Since retiring, George and Linda have spent several months in Nashville, where George has played at open mike events and connected with the movers and shakers in the music industry.  George lights up when describing his new career path and said that he feels ten years younger.  When I jokingly asked George if he found any parallels between his previous life as a police officer and his current career he laughed and told me that he meets people when he is performing who tell him things that he would have probably arrested them for two years ago. 

George plays guitar to accompany his songs and describes his style as Americana, which draws from country, folk, and rock.  Personally, George’s twang paired with a rich and deep voice reminds me of the old-style country of Johnny Cash.  George’s song, “Don’t Know About That” reflects that he sings about his life: marrying his high school sweetheart, making memories with his family, and his faith. 

If you would like to hear some of George’s songs, or follow his new career path, check him out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgemurtie2017/.  New videos are posted frequently, as are opportunities for fans to give their feedback on new songs.  George’s wife and manager Linda ends all of their Facebook posts with this message to fans: “Remember: This is Your Ride Too!”

If you are interested in seeing George perform, he will be playing at the Double E on Saturday, January 5 at 7 PM.  Learn more here: http://doubleevermont.com/live-music-and-events.  

Why Essex? “When we were younger Linda and I moved to Essex because of the schools.  Now we love Essex because it’s been our home and we have roots here.” –George Murtie

Why Essex? is a weekly(ish) column highlighting the people and places that make Essex an interesting and special place. Have an idea for the column? E-mail Darby Mayville at darby@essexjunction.org.

Photo Credits: George Murtie