G Emmet Splanky emerged like an eager ear of corn from the Oklahoma soil “the same year that Rock’n’Roll died”.
Music from all over the planet-- “the ink not yet dry on the time signatures”— came into the family homestead over the shortwaves, through his Pop's “cast-off rig in the root cellar”.
His first saxophone was an: “old-as-dirt alto, more tarnish than metal”, that jumped a generation from his Grand's' still hands.
For years, Splanky played exclusively at Norm's Blank Wall—“Okrakork's worst swing at a dive bar”—where Norman paid him in cast-off prison milk, plus tips. (Mostly milk. ) This is where he was waylaid and inculcated by Lucy LaCoeur.
Splanky invented the ‘Pumpa’— the only reed instrument carved from a gourd fruit.